Faculty and Staff

Aaron Tesfaye

Professor • Political, Legal and Urban Studies

Aaron Tesfaye is Professor in the Department of Political Science, Urban and Legal Studies at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. He received his BA and MPA degrees from California State University, Fresno, and his PhD from the Center for Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.

He is the author of several books and many scholarly articles. His publications include; China in Ethiopia: The Long-Term Perspective (2020); State and Economic Development in Africa: The Case of Ethiopia (2017); The Political Economy of the Nile Basin Regime in the Twentieth Century (2009); Political Power and Ethnic Federalism: The Struggle for Democracy in Ethiopia (2002.) He has taught in the Departments of Economics and Political Science, California State University Fresno (1997-2004) and in the Faculty of Social Sciences, at Universidad De Sao Jose, Macau, S.A.R. Peoples Republic of China (2011.)

Aaron Tesfaye is Senior Fellow at the Afro-Sino Centre for International Relations- Accra, Ghana

Professional Interests

State and Development
Hydro-Politics and Trans-boundary River Issues
China and Africa Relations

Other Interests

all Music.


PhD Political Science, Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA

MPA Public Administration, California state University Fresno, CA

BA Economics, California state University Fresno, CA


International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Public Policy

Awards and Honors

Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Political Science & IR, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia


Fulbright Scholar at the College of Law and Governance, Mekelle University, Ethiopia


Notable Courses Taught

POL 2300: Comparative Politics
POl 1160.: African Political Thought
POL 4800: Global Environmental Politics
POL 5030: Comparative Public Policy
POL 6320: International Political Economy

439 Raubinger Hall

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