Dr. Desalegn Amsalu

Dr. Desalegn Amsalu

Assistant professor

Head, Research Unit



2016 “History, Memory, and Victimhood among the Kumpal Agaw in Northwest Ethiopia” (PhD Dissertation)

2010 The Nature of Awi-Gumuz Relations: The Dynamics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Articles & chapters

2019   “Use and abuse of ‘the right to consent’ Forum shopping between shimgilinna and state courts among the Amhara of Ankober, North Central Ethiopia” In Legal Pluralism in Ethiopia: The Interplay of International, National and Local Laws, edited by Susanne Epple and Getachew Aseffa. (Forthcoming)

2019   “The Influence of Post-1991 Federalism on Vernacular Literatures in Ethiopia” in Eastern African Literatures and Cultures: Emerging Trends, edited by Obala F. Musumba, Oduor Obura, James Ogone, and Susanne Gehrmann. Glienicke: Galda Verlag. (Forthcoming)

2018   “The Social Reproduction of Marginalization among the Kumpal-Agaw in Northwest Ethiopia” Pp 139−156 in The State of Status Groups in Ethiopia: Minorities between Marginalization and Integration, edited by Susanne Epple.  Broschur: Reimer.

2018   “Environmental Rights in Ethiopia: From Theory to Practice” Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy 9(2).

2018   “Migration to and Integration of Awi in Addis Ababa” Annales d’Éthiopie, 32 (forthcoming)

  • “An Ethnographic Introduction to the Kumpal” Journal of Ethiopian Studies 49:35−5

2014   “Ethiopian Ethnic Federalism: a ‘God-Sent’ Opportunity for all Ethnic Groups?” Modern Africa: Society, History, and Politics 2(2): 23−52.


2016   “Awi-Gumuz Interethnic Relations in Northwest Ethiopia: From Integrative Traditional Institutions to Exclusionary Ethnic Federalism.” Pp 101-115 in Ethiopia in Movement, Movements in Ethiopia: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, edited by Eloi Ficquet, Ahmed Hasen and Thomas Osmond.   Los Angeles: Tsehay Publishers.

2018   “Communities at Margins: Spaces of Large-Scale Development Projects Intervention in Ethiopia” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of African Development, Western Michigan University 27−29 May 2016

2015   “Naming Lore among the Gumuz of Northwest Ethiopia” Pp25−44 in Ethiopian Studies at the Brink of Its 50th Anniversary: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, edited by Aklilu Yilma and Ahmed Hasen. Addis Ababa: Institute of Ethiopian Studies.

2015 “Social Roles in the Ethnographic Fieldwork” Proceedings of the 4th Annual Workshop of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa (forthcoming)

2014   “Hunting as a Culture” In Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Workshop of the Institutes of Ethiopian Studies, Institute of Ethiopian Studies 16−17 May 2014, Addis Ababa.

2014 “Formal and Informal Migration of People to Jawi Worada in Northwest Ethiopia: A Quandary of Marginalization of the Host Indigenous Kumpal Minority.” In Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Workshop of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa University Press. Addis Ababa: Institute of Ethiopian Studies, 26−27 May 2013, Addis Ababa.


2013 “Zängäna” in Encyclopedia Aethiopica, Vol. 5. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag

Policy Briefs

2017   “Youth livelihood strategies in the Bale Eco-Region, Ethiopia”, IWMI Technical Brief, Issue 8



Annotated Bibliography of Literature on Iddir (1965-2014)


2016 “Livelihood, Youth Migration, and Eco-Region Nexus in the Bale Eco-Region (BER), Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia”, SHARE-BER Project, Submitted to International Water Mangement Instityute (IWMI)

2017 “Delivering as one in Ethiopia- Untied Nations Developing Regional States  Joint Program (UN-DRSJP) A Terminl Evalutaion Report UN 5-years inutervention program in delivering social services in Benhsnagul Gumuz, Gambvella, Afar, and Somali Regional States, submited to UNDP

2012 “Traditional Mecvhnism of Conflict Resultion in Ethiopia- The Case of Shimgilinna” Subbmitted to Life & Peace Institute

In preparation

“Institutional Pluralism at Local Level: How State Affiliated Local Level Institutions Are Changing Dispute Resolution Culture in Ethiopia” Accepted for an upcoming International Conference of Legal Pluralism in Ethiopia: The Interplay of National and International Law” to be held in January 4, 2018, Jinka.

“Theory and Practice of Environmental Rights in Africa: The Case of Ethiopia” Submitted to the Journal of African Law (status: under consideration)

“Indigenous Knowledge of Water Use Management among the Awi, Northwestern Ethiopia”, A paper proposal submitted the upcoming 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies to be held in November 2018, Mekelle.

“Youth Migration and Livelihoods in Bale Eco-Region Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia” in preparation to submit to Society and Natural Resources journal

“Interstate neighborhood effects of Ethiopia’s large-scale refugee hosting initiative” Accepted for Canadian Association of African Studies Conference convening in Kingston at Queens College, on 4−6 May 2018.

“Ethnocentrism among University Students in Ethiopia Since 1991” Submitted to Ufhamu: A Journal of African Studies (status: review decision to revise and resubmit)

“Mass Expulsion of Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia (2013−2017): Economics and Politics of Reception and Accommodation of Expellees at Home” Proposal Submitted to APAD Conference, Roskilde, Denmark, 23−25 May 2018

Conference presentations  

2017  “Land, Territorial Politics, and Conflict in the Ethiopian Ethnic Federalism since 1991” A Paper Presented at the 3rd International Conference on  The 3rd Eastern Africa Literary and Cultural Studies Conference”, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 24−26 August 2017

2016 The Political Forces of Culture Change in Ethiopia a paper Presented at the 5th Annual Workshop of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, 10−11 May 2016

2014 “Hunting as a Social Practice among the Kumpal” Presented at the Third Annual Workshop of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, 16 June 2014.

2014 “Highland to Lowland Migration of People in Ethiopia: Predicaments on the Host People” A Paper Presented at Conference “Africa in Movimento/Africa on the Move” held in Macerata, Italy, 17−20 September 2014.