Michael Woldemariam


Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science


BA Beloit College
MA Princeton University
PhD Princeton University

(617) 358-6674
152 Bay State Road, #G04 C Boston, MA 02215

Michael Woldemariam’s teaching and research interests focus on African politics, particularly the dynamics of armed conflict, the behavior of rebel organizations and self-determination movements, and post-conflict institution building. He has special expertise on the Horn of Africa region, where he has travelled extensively and conducted fieldwork.

His book, Insurgent Fragmentation in the Horn of Africa: Rebellion and its Discontents, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. It examines the causes and dynamics of rebel fragmentation in contemporary civil wars through a close examination of the Ethiopian and Somali conflicts. Research on this topic and others has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and is forthcoming in a number of edited volumes.

Woldemariam has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Bradley Foundation, the Truman National Security Project, and a research specialist with the Innovations for Successful Societies program at Princeton University.


Comparative Politics, International Security, African Politics, Political Violence and Conflict, Post-Conflict Governance and Institution Building, Development Policy, and Identity Politics.