Asafa Jalata

JALATA, Asafa. American (born Ethiopia), b. 1954. 

Asafa Jalata is Professor of Sociology and Global and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

His expertise focuses on the area of global studies, development and international inequality, social movements, nationalism, terrorism studies, indigenous studies, and race and ethnicity.

Professor Jalata’s most recent books include, “Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia: Struggling for Statehood, Sovereignty and Multinational Democracy” (2010), and “Phases of Terrorism in the Age of Globalisation: From Christopher Columbus to Osama bin Laden” (2016).

He has published and edited eight books and authored 60 refereed articles in regional and international journals and book chapters. For further information, see;

Genres: Area studies, Cultural/Ethnic topics, International relations/Current affairs, Politics/Government, Race relations, Sociology, Third World

Career: Teacher of history, English, and geography at a religious high school in Oromia (Ethiopia), 1976-77; Arssi Rural Development Project, Ethiopia, regional development officer and instructor in rural sociology, 1978-79; State University of New York at Binghamton, lecturer in sociology and African studies, 1989; Ithaca College, NY, visiting assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies, 1989-90; Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, NY, assistant professor of sociology, 1990-91; State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, adjunct professor, 1990-91; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, assistant professor, 1991-96, associate professor of sociology and African and African-American studies, 1997-. 

Publications: Oromia and Ethiopia: State Formation and Ethnonational Conflict, 1868-1992, 1993; Oromo Nationalism and the Ethiopian Discourse: The Search for Freedom and Democracy, 1998; Fighting against the Injustice of the State and Globalization: Comparing the African American and Oromo Movements, 2001. Contributor to books and journals. 

Address: Department of Sociology, 901 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, U.S.A. 

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