Michael Woldemariam is an assistant professor of international relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. His teaching and research interests focus on African politics, particularly the dynamics of armed conflict, the behavior of rebel organizations, and post-conflict institution building. He has special expertise on the Horn of Africa region, where he has travelled extensively and conducted fieldwork.
His book, Insurgent Fragmentation in the Horn of Africa: Rebellion and Its Discontents, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press this winter. 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 in Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and a number of edited volumes. Woldemariam has been a fellow with 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.