Amy Alemu photo portrait

Amsale (Amy) Alemu is a Ph.D. Candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard. She holds an A.M. degree in History from Harvard University and an A.B. Honors degree in History and Economics from Harvard College. Her research is funded by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship and Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship. She has taught courses in African American studies and African languages and culture, and has been awarded for distinction in teaching. She has also co-convened a year-long workshop for developing, critiquing, and producing new projects in multimedia history as a Design Fellow at the History Design Studio. Her research interests include Black transnationalism, history of political thought, integrative approaches to African and African American studies, and digital and multimedia scholarship.

Amy’s dissertation, “The Ethiopian Revolution on Campus,” studies the political thought and organization of the Ethiopian Student Movement (ESM) in the United States from the mid-1950s to the 1974 Revolution, which deposed Haile Selassie. Using archival materials from the United States, Ethiopia, and the Netherlands, as well as oral history, this project lends local specificity to the student movement in the United States, contextualizing not only the ESM’s distance from Ethiopia in the key decades leading to the revolution, but also its location in North America. The dissertation is specifically attentive to the ESM’s involvement with U.S. Black freedom movements. Historicizing the opportunities and challenges Ethiopian and Black American political collaborations presented, she hypothesizes, will provide theoretical insights on (neo)colony, intra-Black transnationalism, and radical thought.
Current CV can be found here
Previous Degrees:
  • A.M. Harvard University, History
  • A.B. Harvard College, History (secondary field Economics)
Research Interests:
History of political thought, global student movements, Black transnationalism, Ethiopian revolutionary thought