Kaleb Demerew, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Texas A&M

Political Economy, Development, Conflict, Northeast Africa


Dr. Demerew is Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Texas A&M University. 

Dr. Demerew's research focuses on institutions and the political economy of development, including the challenges of violence, state-building, and governance, particularly in Northeast Africa. More specifically, he examines the effects of elite contentions on state-building and political development, as well as the intersections between state-building, regional competition, and economic globalization. He has published his work in highly regarded academic journals, including Third World Quarterly and African Security. He is currently co-editing a volume on Nile Basin Politics and developing a book manuscript on Violence, Institutions, and Development.

Dr. Demerew teaches classes in Politics of Developing Countries, International Conflict, Middle Eastern Politics, African Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and American National Government. He has received several academic honors, including the Mercatus Center's Adam Smith Fellowship, and secured close to $50,000 of funding through fellowships and grants. He has served as a featured speaker at several events, including a 2022 Abu Dhabi symposium on Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa.