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Asafa Jalata is Professor of Sociology and Global and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His teaching and research expertise focuses on the area of global studies, development and international inequality, social movements, nationalism, terrorism studies, indigenous studies, human rights, and race and ethnicity. His research concentration has been on Oromia, the Oromo country, and its interactions with Ethiopia and the modern world system. Professor Jalata’s most recent book, Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia: Struggling for Statehood, Sovereignty and Multinational Democracy (2010) evaluates the content and consequences of nationalism in Oromia and Ethiopia. Recently he has shifted his research toward examining the relationship between globalization and human rights violations and the impact of terrorism, investigating both the groups and countries perpetrating it, as well as responses to terrorism. He is engaged in writing a book entitled 9/11 and Phases of Terrorism in the Age of Globalization: From Christopher Columbus to Osama bin Laden. His current research also focuses on human rights and indigenous issues on the global level. He has published and edited eight books and authored more than four-dozen refereed articles in regional and international journals and book chapters. His academic awards include the Oromo Studies Association Award in 2002 and the Senior Faculty Research/Creativity Achievement Award of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tennessee, in 2011. For further information, see http://web.utk.edu/~ajalata/; http://works.bepress.com/asafa_jalata/; http://quest.utk.edu/2010/asafa-jalata/
2012 “Gadaa (Oromo Democracy): An Example of Classical African Civilization,” The Journal of Pan-African Studies, vol.5, no.1, March 2012, pp. 126-152.
2012 Fighting against the Injustice of the State and Globalization: Comparing the African American and Oromo Movements, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Reprinted in paperback, 2012 ).
2011 “The Oromo in Exile: Creating Knowledge and Promoting Social Justice,” Journal of Societies Without Borders/Sociologists Without Border/Sociologos Sin Fronteras: Human Rights & the Social Sciences 6: 1, June, 33-72.
2011 “Terrorism from Above and Below in the Age of Globalization,” Sociology Mind, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-15.
2011 “Imperfections in U.S. Foreign Policy toward Oromia and Ethiopia: Will The Obama Administration Introduce Change? The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol.4, no.3, March 2011, pp. 131-154.
2011 “Oromian Urban Centers: Consequences of Spatial Concentration of Power in Multinational Ethiopia, Journal of Oromos Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2, January 2011, pp. 39-74.
2010 “The Ethiopian State: Authoritarianism, Violence and Clandestine Genocide,” The Journal of Pan African Studies, (with Harwood Schaffer) vol. 3, no.6, March, pp. 160-189.
2010 “The Tigrayan-led Ethiopian State, Repression, Terrorism and Gross Human Rights Violations in Oromia and Ethiopia,” Horn of Africa, Vol. Xxviii, pp. 47-82.
2010 “Conceptualizing and Theorizing Terrorism in the Historical and Global Context,” Humanity and Society, Vol. 34 (November): 317-349.
2009 “Being in and out of Africa: The Impact Duality of Ethiopianism,” The Journal of Black Studies, 40: 189-214.
2009 “The Duality of Ethiopianism and its Impacts on Oromo society, “Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches, Volume XVIII, No.1, pp.22-30.
2009 “The Struggle of the Oromo to preserve and Indigenous Democracy,” Sharing Cultures 2009, edited by Sergio Lira, Rogerio Amoeda, Cristina Pinherio, Joao Pinheiro, and Fernando Oliveira, (Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development), pp. 467-475.
2009 “The Place of the Oromo Diaspora in the Oromo National Movement: Lessons from the Agency of ‘Old’ African Diaspora in the US,” Contested Terrain: Essays on Oromo Studies, Ethiopianist Discourse and Politically Engaged Scholarship, edited by Ezekiel Gebissa, (Lawrenceville, NJ: The Red Sea Press).
Ph.D., 1990, State University of New York at Binghamton
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