I, Mohammed Hassen, was born in a small village in the region of Gara Mul’ata (Hararghe) in eastern Oromia. I completed elementary education in the city of Harar and joined Debra Berhan Teachers’ Training Institute. After graduation I taught for three years and then joined Addis Ababa University from where I graduated in 1973. I taught at Jimma Teachers’ Training Institute and then served in the Idigat be Hibert Zamecha of 1975/76. Then, I joined University of London in 1977 from where I graduated in 1983.
While in graduate school I served in different capacities in the Union of Oromo Studies in Europe. I was also the chairman of Union of Oromo Students in England and the editor of its journal, Saba Oromo (1979-1983). Since 1985 I have been teaching African and world history at a number of universities in the United States. I enjoy teaching history of the peoples of the Horn of Africa, including the Oromo and other peoples of Ethiopia.
I was a founding member of Oromo Studies Association in 1986, its president (1994-1996) and currently am a member of its Board of Directors. I was also a founding member of the Journal of Oromo Studies and regular contributor to its publication. Currently I am an Associate Professor of history at Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA.
Dr. Ali graduated in African history from University of London, England. He teaches History 1112: World Civilization since 1500, History 4750: Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa, History 4760: Central and Southern Africa, and History 4990: The Rise and Fall of the Apartheid System in South Africa. He also teaches two graduate seminar courses on Africa. Dr. Ali’s area of research interest is Ethiopia, with special emphasis on the history of the Oromo people of Ethiopia.Publications
THE MACHA-TULAMA ASSOCIATION : Its Importance In Oromo History 50th Anniversary celebration in Exile, by Asafa Jalata and Mohammed Hassen and Asafa Jalata ( Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Printing press, 2014).
“Conquest, Tyranny, and Ethnocide against the Oromo: Human Rights Conditions in Ethiopia, ca. 1880s-2002”, edited by Ezekiel Gebissa, Contested Terrain The Oromo and Ethiopian Studies, (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lutheran University Press, 2014), 185-217.
“Shaykh Bakrii Saphalo: An Oromo Muslim Cultural Icon” (American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Special Issue, The Study of Islam in African Universities, 31, 3, Summer 2014: 93-118).
“Review Essay: Revisiting Abba Bahrey’s ‘The News of the Galla,’” The International Journal of African Historical Studies Volume 45. Number 2 (2012):273-294.
“Testing the Thesis of The Invention of Ethiopia: A new look at Menilek’s colonization of Harerge and its impact on the Oromo political and cultural institutions, 1887-1900,” The Journal of Oromo Studies, Volume 18, Number1 ( July 2011): 109-150.
“Orature, Resistance, and Nationalism: A Historical Overview of the Development of Written Oromo Literature,” The Journal of Oromo Studies, Vol. 17, Number 1 ( March 2010): 137-177.