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Asafa JalataAsafa Jalata

Editor-in-Chief, Sociology Mind
Ph.D., 1990, State University of New York at Binghamton

The University of Tennessee
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Knoxville, TN 37996-0490

Phone: 865-974-7027
Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Political Economy, Global Studies/World-Systems, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Development, Globalization and Social Movements, Terrorism Studies, Human Rights, and Africana Studies.

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:

  • Global Studies/the Modern World System
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Africana Studies
  • Comparative Poverty and Development
  • Black Communities in Urban America
  • Comparative Studies in African and African American Societies
  • Human Rights and the Capitalist World System
  • Sociology of Development
  • Advanced Studies in the Political Economy of Race and Ethnicity
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Advanced Studies in Globalization and Social Movements
  • 2016 Phases of Terrorism in the Age of Globalization: From Christopher Columbus to Osama bin Laden, (Palgrave Macmillan, USA.)
  • 2016 "The Oromo National Movement and Gross Human Rights Violations in the Age of Globalization," European Scientific Journal, Vol. 12, Number 5: 177-204. 
  • 2015 "Theorizing Modern Society as an Alternative Reality: How Critical Theory and Indigenous Critiques of Globalization Must Learn from Each Other," with Harry Damhs in Globalization, Critique, and Social Theory: Diagnoses and ChallengesCurrent Perspectives in Social Theory, Volume 33, 75-133.
  • 2015 "Theorizing Oromummaa" The Journal of Oromo Studies, Vol. 22, Numbers 1 & 2, pp. 1-35.
  • 2015 "The Triple Causes of African Underdevelopment: Colonial Capitalism, State Terrorism and Racism," International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Vol. 7(3), pp. 75-91, March.
  • 2014 Social Justice and the University: Globalization, Human Rights and the Future of Democracy. Edited with Jon Shefner, Bobby Jones, and Harry Dams. London: Palgrave.
  • 2014"Promoting and Developing Oromummaa," The Journal of Pan-African Studies Vol. 6, no.8: 120-145.
  • 2014 "Researching, Knowing and Promoting Social Justice for Indigenous Americans,"Social Justice and the University:  Globalization, Human Rights and the Future of Democracy, edited with Jon Shefner, Bobby Jones, Harry Dams. New York: Palgrave.
  • 2013 "European Colonial Terrorism and the Incorporation of Africa into the Capitalists World System," Social Fabric Transformations: Research on International Perspective, (Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research, edited by Aaron C. Porter, pp.       
  • 2013 "The Oromo, Gadaa/Siqqee and the Liberation of Ethiopian Colonial  Subjects," with Harwood Schaffer, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, Vol. 9, Issue 4: 277-295.
  • 2013 "The Impacts of English Colonial Terrorism and Genocide on Indigenous Black Australians," Sage Open, July-September, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 1-12.
  • 2013 "Indigenous Peoples and the Capitalist World System: Researching, Knowing and Promoting Social Justice," Sociology Mind, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 156-178.
  • 2013 "Colonial Terrorism, Global Capitalism and African Under- development: 500 Years of Crimes Against African Peoples," The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Vol. 5, No. 9, March 1-43.
  • 2013 "The Impacts of Terrorism and Capitalist Incorporation on Indigenous Americans," Journal of World-Systems Research, American Sociological Association, Volume XIX, Number 1, pp. 130-152.
  • 2012 "Gadaa (Oromo Democracy): An Example of Classical Africa Civilization," The Journal of Pan-African Studies, vol. 5, no.1, March 2012, pp. 126-152.
  • 2011 "My Conversation with Sisai Ibssa," The Journal of Oromo Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, July, Special Issue, pp. 81-107.
  • 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.

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