Faculty and Staff

Aaron Tesfaye

Professor • Department of Politics, Legal & Urban Sci

Aaron Tesfaye is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science 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.)

Professional Interests

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

Other Interests

all Music, reading Zera Yacob, Maalouf, Neruda, Fanon, Meme, Ngugi wa Thiong'o....

Degrees

PhD Political Science, Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA

MPA Public Administration, California state University Fresno, CA

BA Economics, California state University Fresno, CA

Specialization

International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Public Policy

Awards and Honors

2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Political Science & IR, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Institute of International Education
09/15/2010

2018-19 Fulbright Scholar at the College of Law and Governance, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
Institute of International Education
09/01/2018

Notable Courses Taught

POL 2250: US Political Economy
POL 2300: Comparative Politics
POL 3390: African Politics
POL 4800 (1): Seminar in Global Environmental Politics
POL 4800 (2): Seminar in Politics of the Global Food Systems
POL 5030 (3): Seminar in Comparative Public Policy
POL 6320: (4) Seminar International Political Economy

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