FacultyTeshale Tibebu


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1115 W. Berks St.


Modern Ethiopian social history, African history, World history, Eurocentrism, Edward Wilmot Blyden, Intellectual history


My research interests are in the areas of social, cultural, and intellectual history. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in African, world, and comparative history. I have published books dealing with modern Ethiopian history, Eurocentrism, and intellectual history of Edward Wilmot Blyden. I am currently working on a book project dealing with the “national question” in Ethiopia. In my research and teaching, I draw from interdisciplinary appraches to the study of history.

Selected Publications


  • The Making of Modern Ethiopia, 1896-1974 (Red Sea Press , 1995).
  • Hegel and Anti-Semitism (University of South Africa Press, 2008).
  • Hegel and the Third World: The Making of Eurocentrism in World History (Syracuse University Press, 2011).
  • Edward Wilmot Blyden and the Racial Nationalist Imagination (University of Rochester Press, 2012).

Selected Articles

  • “Modernity, Eurocentrism, and radical politics in Ethiopia, 1961-1991. “African Identities, Vol. 6, No. 4 (November 2008): 345-371. Reprinted in, Ethiopia in Transit: Millennial Quest for Stability and Continuity, 31-58 ( Routledge, 2011).
  • “Ethiopia: The ‘Anomaly’ and ‘Paradox’ of Africa.” Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 26, No. 4 (March 1996): 414-430.
  • “On the Question of Feudalism, Absolutism, and the Bourgeois Revolution.” Review, Fernand Braudel Center, Volume, XIII, Number 1 (Winter 1990): 49-152.

Courses Taught

Graduate courses:

  • Studies in African History
  • Introduction to World History
  • New Themes in the History of Slavery
  • Introduction to Third World History
  • Seminar in African History

Undergraduate courses:

  • Turning Points in Human History: The Modern World
  • Introduction to African History
  • History of East and Central Africa
  • Southern Africa: A History
  • World History
  • History of Slavery in Africa
  • Topics in African History
  • Topics in Comparative History
  • African Diaspora
  • Comparative Slavery
  • Imperialism, Race, and Empire in Modern History