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Political Science

Getachew Metaferia

Dr. Getachew Metaferia

Professor, Political Science

Office: Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Building-BSSC 440
Phone: (443) 885-4006

Educational Qualification

Ph.D. Political Science, Howard University
M.A. Political Science, University of New Orleans
B.A. Political Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Areas of specialization

African Affairs, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Administration.

Responsibilities and courses taught

Served as Acting Chairperson of the Department and Coordinator of the Department’s graduate program. Teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and serves as thesis director. He continues serving as dissertation committee member for universities. He has also served on different committees. 

The courses he taught include Public Administration, Politics of Developing Countries, International Relations, Comparative Politics, American National Government, International Law, Blacks in American Politics, International Political Economy, Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet States, Current Global Issues, Human Rights Issues, Politics of the Middle East Countries, Research Scope and Methods in Political Science, and Global North/South Issues.

Awards and Recognitions 

As a recipient of the J. William Fulbright Fellow, Professor Metaferia taught at Tel Aviv University (2018-2019) as Senior Scholar. In addition to teaching, he conducted empirical research on the Bete Israel or Ethiopian Jewish community. This on-going research will be published. In 2019, he was recognized as the Marques Who’s Who Top Educators in the U.S.

Professor Getachew Metaferia received Fulbright-Hayes fellowships and visited universities in China, Peru, Namibia, Myanmar, and Thailand. His valuable and wide experience in these far-flung realms were published and manifested in his teaching.

  • Faculty of the Year (2011).
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2007 and 2008.
  • Distinguished Service Award (2005).


In the area of research, Professor Getachew Metaferia is widely published. He has authored and coauthored books and peer reviewed articles. Publications cited bellow provide the range of his academic prowess and the depth of his knowledge:

  • “Ethiopian Scholars and Intellectuals in North American Academics” in Sabella Abidde (ed.), Reflections on Exile: African Scholars and Intellectuals in North America. Routledge Press: New Jersey, 2021.
  • African Perspective” in Olaywola Abegunrin, Africa: The State of the Continent Fifty Years after the Liberation.” New York: Nova Publishers, 2014.
  • Ethiopia and the United States: History, Diplomacy, and Analysis. New York: Algora Publishing, 2009.
  • “The Dynamics of Ethnic Politics and Economic Development: The Cases of China and Ethiopia”, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Volume XXXII, no. 4, Summer 2009.
  • “United States Foreign Policy Towards Africa in the Era of Globalization.” Alice M. Jackson (ed.) Political Issues in America: A Multidimensional Perspective. Boston, MA: Pearson Publishing, 2006.
  • Co-edited with Paulos Milkias, The Battle of Adwa: Reflections on Ethiopia's Historic Victory Against European Colonialism. New York: Algora Publishers, 2005.
  • “China: Ethnic Politics, Nation Building and its Global Role”, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Volume 29, no. 1, Fall 2005.

Public Speech and Media Interview

  • Gave public speeches and presentations at national and international forums in Africa, Canada, Israel, and United States.
  • Gave radio and TV interviews.