Solomon Addis Getahun received his Ph.D. in African History from Michigan State University in 2005. He has previously taught African, American and World Civilization courses at the Addis Ababa University, Michigan State University, and Lansing and Seattle Community Colleges. He joined the faculty at Central Michigan University in 2004.


Office: Powers 231
Phone: (989) 774–3592
Email: getah1sa@cmich.edu
Office Hours: (pdf)

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Getahun’s research is on African and African Diaspora history, with a focus on contemporary Ethiopian/Eritrean refugee and immigrant communities in the United States. His other interests include urbanization and identity politics in the Horn of Africa.

Recent Publications

Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest (New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Transaction Publishers, 2013). With Joseph W. Scott.

"Africans and African Americans from East Africa, 1940–Present," in Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration, ed. Elliott Robert Barkan (ABC-CLIO, 2013), 687–700.

“Charting Refugee and Migration Routes in Africa,” in The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, ed. Steven J. Gold and Stephanie J. Nawyn, (New York: Routledge, 2013).

"Urbanization and the Urban Space in Africa/Ethiopia," Journal of Ethiopian Studies 45 (2012), 117–133.

“Ethiopian Immigrants,” in Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans, ed. Ronald H. Bayor (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2012), 657–701.

A History of Ethiopia’s Newest Immigrants to the United States: Orphans,” Journal des Africanistes 81.2 (2011), 185–200.

Sədät, Migration, and Refugeeism as Portrayed in Ethiopian Song Lyrics,” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 15 (2011), 341–359.

“Contemporary ‘Voluntary’ and ‘Forced’ African Migrations,” in The African Diaspora: Historical Analysis, Poetic Verses, and Pedagogy, ed. Hakeem I. Tijani et al. (New York: Pearson Learning Solutions, 2010), 189–208.

"A History of Sport in Ethiopia," in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, ed. Svein Ege, Harald Aspen, Birhanu Teferra and Shiferaw Bekele​ (Trondheim, 2009), 409–418.

The History of Ethiopian Immigrants and Refugees in America, 1900–2000: Patterns of Migration, Settlement, Survival and Adjustment (New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2007).

A History of the City of Gondar (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2006).​​​​

Current Courses​

Fall 2015

  • HST 176 - African Experience
  • HST 176WI - African Experience

Spring 2016

  • HST 176WI - African Experience
  • HST 202 - World History Since 1400​