PhD - Politics & International Affairs | University of South Florida | 2023
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
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. “College Diversity Politics and American Higher Education: An Institutional Analysis.” Society 60 (2023): 983-993. DOI: 10.1007/s12115-023-00911-3.
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, Review of Austrian Economics.
Demerew, K. “Can Institutions Explain Mass Violence? Amhara 'Settler' Discourse and Ethiopia’s Ethnic Federalism." Under Review.
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. “State-building on the Nile: Domestic Politics and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.” In Roach, S., Hudson, D., and Demerew, K. Nile Basin Politics: Cooperative Peace, Hegemony, and the New Riparian Reality. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (Chapter in book under contract)
Demerew, K., and Hudson, D. “Beyond the Big Three: the National and Regional Politics of the other Riparian Countries.” In Roach, S., Hudson, D., and Demerew, K. Nile Basin Politics: Cooperative Peace, Hegemony, and the New Riparian Reality. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (Chapter in book under contract)
Demerew, K. Violence, Rents, and Institutions: Political Development in Africa. (Book manuscript – early stages)
West Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor (2023 - Present)
Comparative Politics (POSC 3360)
International Conflict (POSC (4372)
International Relations (POSC 4370)
American National Government (POSC 2305)
University of South Florida
Instructor (2021 - 2023)
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 - 2022)
Conference Paper, “Institutions, Discourse, and Violence: The “Amhara Settler” Trope in Ethiopia's Ethnic Federalism.” Sixteenth Annual ASMEA Conference. Association for the Study of the Middle East & Africa. Washington, D.C. November 2023.
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.
Conference Paper, “Institutional Logic of Fragile States: Afghanistan and South Sudan in Comparative Perspective.” Fifteenth Annual ASMEA Conference. Association for the Study of the Middle East & Africa. Washington, D.C. 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
PhD Commencement Speaker, University of South Florida (Spring 2023).
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)
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)
Southern Political Science Association (SPSA)