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 urban history and a history of political violence in Ethiopia. He joined the faculty at Central Michigan University in 2004.
Professor Getahun is a two-time recipient of the prestigious US Fulbright award: 2001 and 2012, and the CMU’s Provost (2007) and President’s (2016) Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Endeavour.
Publications & Presentations
Professor Getahun is the author of a History of the City of Gondar (2006), a History of Ethiopian Immigrants and Refugees in America (2007), a co-author of Little Ethiopia in the Pacific Northwest (2013) and more than a dozen articles that include but not limited to “Italy’s Ethiopian Mercenaries: The Forgotten Trinbuli,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 52, No.3 (2019); “Urbanization and the Urban Space in Africa/Ethiopia,” Journal of Ethiopian Studies, Volume XLV, (December 2012); “Sedät, Migration, and Refugeeism as Portrayed in Ethiopian Song Lyrics,” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2/3 (2011); “The Evolution of Gondar’s Public Health College and Training Center: CheChe-La from an Italian Consular Office to a Medical College,” Journal of Northeast African Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2001).
- BA from Addis Ababa University, 1985
- MA from Addis Ababa University, 1993
- Ph.D. in Ethiopian/African History from Michigan State University, 2005