Adjunct Associate Professor of Archaeology
Associate Director, Program for the Study of the African Environment
Editor, International Journal of African Historical Studies
Areas of Interest: Late Holocene archaeology of eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya); environmental history and human ecology; archaeological palynology; development of complex societies.
Michael DiBlasi has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. His research focuses on aspects of Late Holocene (ca. 2000 BC-AD 800) environmental history and human ecology in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia and emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach that integrates archaeology, anthropology, history, and the natural sciences. He was a member of the Boston University–University of Naples “L’Orientale”- Archaeological Project at Bieta Giyorgis, Aksum (1994–2003), and is currently conducting research on the evolution of cultural landscapes and the development of complex societies in northern Ethiopia. As Publications Editor for the African Studies Center, DiBlasi edits the International Journal of African Historical Studies and several working paper series.