Michael Woldemariam


Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science


BA Beloit College
MA Princeton University
PhD Princeton University

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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 first book, Insurgent Fragmentation in the Horn of Africa: Rebellion and its Discontents, was released by Cambridge University Press in 2018. 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 (or is forthcoming) in Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Journal of Eastern African Studies, and 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.

In addition to his scholarly work, Woldemariam has consulted with a variety of international organization’s on peace and security issues in the Greater Horn of Africa region.


Comparative Politics, International Security, African Politics, Horn of Africa, Political Violence and Conflict, Post-Conflict Governance and Institution Building, and Identity Politics.