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 in the Horn of Africa, and has conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somaliland, South Africa, and India.

His dissertation and book project, titled “Why Rebels Collide: Factionalism and Fragmentation in African Insurgencies” investigates a common feature of civil wars: the fragmentation of rebel organizations into mutually exclusive, competing groups. The project is based on a comprehensive analysis of Ethiopia’s civil wars and original data on patterns of rebel fragmentation across post-colonial Africa.

Woldemariam has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Bradley fellow, 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.