PhD - Politics & International Affairs | University of South Florida | 2023 (Expected)
Specializations: Politics of Development / International Security
Dissertation: “Violence, Rents, and Elites: Institutional Determinants of Political Order in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and South Sudan”
Committee: Steven C. Roach (major advisor); Jongseok Woo; Earl Conteh-Morgan; John Ishiyama
MA - Diplomacy & International Commerce | Norwich University | 2019
BA - Political Science, International Politics | Washington University in St. Louis | 2013
Honors and Awards
Adam Smith Fellowship, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2022-23.
Searle Fellow Publication Accelerator Grant, Institute for Humane Studies, 2022.
Research Grant, Association for the Study of Middle East and Africa, 2022.
Hayek Fund for Scholars, Institute for Humane Studies, 2021, 2022.
Distinction, PhD Comprehensive Examinations, University of South Florida, 2021.
Conference Travel Grant, University of South Florida, 2020, 2022.
University Graduate Fellowship, University of South Florida, 2019-20.
Journal Papers (Peer Reviewed)
Demerew, K. “Realist Perspectives on Nile Politics: Conflict and Cooperation Between Ethiopia and Egypt.” African Security 15, no. 3 (2022): 213-236. DOI: 10.1080/19392206.2022.2081763.
Demerew, K, “Elites, Rents, and Transitions: A New Institutionalist View of Ethiopia’s Political Development,” Africa Today 68, no. 3 (2022): 65-86. DOI: 10.2979/africatoday.68.3.04.
Demerew, K. “From Red Sea to the Nile: Water, Power, and Politics in Northeast Africa.” Third World Quarterly 42, no. 12 (2021): 2883-2901. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2021.1977622.
Partaw, M and Demerew, K. “Institutional Logic of Fragile States: From South Sudan to Afghanistan.” Under Review, Journal of the Middle East and Africa.
Demerew, K. “Contractualist Institutions and Governmentality: Constructing Positive Sovereignty in Post-Colonial States.” Under Review, International Theory.
Demerew, K. “Can Institutions Explain Mass Violence? Amhara 'Settler' Discourse and Ethiopia’s Ethnic Federalism." To be submitted to Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.
Demerew, K. “College Diversity Politics and American Higher Education: A New Institutionalist Perspective.” To be submitted to Society.
Works In Progress
Roach, S., Hudson, D., and Demerew, K. Nile Basin Politics: Cooperative Peace, Hegemony, and the New Riparian Reality. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (Co-editing a book under contract)
Demerew, K. “Development Politics and the Nile: Pathways to Cooperation and Conflict.” In Roach, S., Hudson, D., and Demerew, K. Nile Basin Politics: Cooperative Peace, Hegemony, and the New Riparian Reality. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (Book chapter -- in progress)
Demerew, K. Violence, Rents, and Institutions: Political Development in Africa. (Book manuscript – early stages)
University of South Florida
Instructor (2021 - present)
Intro to Comparative Politics (CPO 2002)
Intro to International Relations (INR 2002)
Conflict in the World (INR 4083)
Teaching Assistant (2019 - 2021)
Globalization (INR 3011)
Rwanda Beyond Genocide: The Politics of Justice & Development (POS 3931)
Concordia University Texas
Adjunct Faculty (2019 - present)
Leadership Theory & Practice (LDR 2201)
Leadership & Career Capstone (LDR 4101)
University of South Florida School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
Research Assistant, Steven C. Roach, Ph.D., June-Aug. 2020; Jan-Mar. 2022
Provided editorial and writing assistance for course book International Relations: Key Concepts.
Assisted with a USAID-funded Democracy, Human Rights & Governance (DRG) assessment report for South Sudan.
Washington University, Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, & Public Policy
Research Assistant, Hong Min Park, Ph.D., May to Sept. 2013
Researched and categorized data for book project Politics Over Process: Partisan Conflict and Post-Passage Processes in the U.S. Congress
Invited Lecture, “Elites, Violence, and Rents: Institutional Determinants of Political (In)Stability in the Horn.” Efforts and Initiatives by Third Parties to Secure Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa: Assessment of Roles and Interests. Trends Research and Advisory. Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2022.
Workshop, “Africa and the New Institutionalism: Rents, Violence, and Elite Constraints and Incentives.” 17th Workshop on New Institutionalism (NIW), Madrid, Spain, March 2022.
Invited Lecture, “Economics & Power in the International System.” Course: Why We Fight and How We Fight U.S. Wars (General Tom Draude), January 2022.
Conference Paper, “Rethinking African Sovereignty, Again: Beyond Governmentality and Critical Theory.” Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS), October 2021.
Conference Paper, “Conceptual Perspectives on Nile Politics and the GERD.” Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA), 2021.
Invited Lecture, “Ethiopia’s Transitions and Contemporary Africa: Challenges and Opportunities.” Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), 2020.
Conference Paper, “The Role of Systems Thinking and Qualitative Assessment in Reorienting Development Practice.” Interdisciplinary Symposium on Qualitative Methodologies, 2020.
Conference Presentation, “Participatory and Interventionist Approaches to International Development: Lessons from Institutional Transitions in Ethiopia.” Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), 2020.
Service to Profession
Peer Reviewer (Nov. 2021 to Present)
Journal of Asian and African Studies (2 manuscripts)
Cogent Social Sciences (1 manuscript)
Student Representative, USF Graduate Council (Sept. 2020 to May 2021)
Helped write and pass new policy guidelines for Holistic Admissions; evaluated Fellowship applicants.
American Political Science Association (APSA)
African Studies Association (ASA)
International Studies Association (ISA)
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)
Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)
Heterodox Academy (HxA)