Recognizing Awet- Royal Society of Canada

Recognizing Awet- Royal Society of Canada

Awet Weldemichael elected into Royal Society of Canada

UCLA's MA in African Studies and History Department, Awet Weldemichael, elected into Royal Society of Canada.

Awet Tewelde Weldemichael, Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in African and World History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has been elected into the Royal Society of Canada through the Society of New Scholars. Professor Weldemichael earned his PhD in History and his MA in African Studies from UCLA.


Professor Weldemichael’s latest publications are Piracy in Somalia: Violence and Development in the Horn of Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and “Ethio-Eritrea Peace Deal: Implications for Regional Integration,” Tana Papers and Policy Briefs (Tana Forum 2019): 4-9.


ABOUT Professor Weldemichael:

"I am a former refugee goatherd in a remote refugee camp in Sudan. My academic work touches on colonialism, decolonization, revolutions, nationalist movements, peace, conflict and security studies relevant to Africa and Southeast Asia. More specifically, the areas of my research, teaching, mentoring and consulting interests are modern and contemporary Horn of Africa and island Southeast Asia.

I have lately been working on the political economy of conflict in the Horn of Africa and its adjoining waters. My most recent book has particularly looked at the root causes, dynamics and consequences of piracy in Somalia.

Yes, I have interviewed many pirates.

No, I do not know Johnny Depp, Barkhad Abdi, or Tom Hanks."

Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2020