Curriculum Vitae

Education

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

Publications

Journal Papers (Peer Reviewed)

2024. “Contractualism in Post-Colonial State-Building: A Liberal Approach to Sovereignty and Governmentality.” Review of Austrian Economics. DOI: 10.1007/s11138-024-00640-8.

2024. “Can Institutions Explain Mass Violence? Amhara 'Settler' Discourse and Ethiopia’s Ethnic Federalism. Nations and Nationalism. DOI: 10.1111/nana.13004.

2023. College Diversity Politics and American Higher Education: An Institutional Analysis.Society, 60, 983-993. DOI: 10.1007/s12115-023-00911-3.

2022. “Realist Perspectives on Nile Politics: Conflict and Cooperation Between Ethiopia and Egypt.” African Security 15(3), 213-236. DOI: 10.1080/19392206.2022.2081763.

2022. “Elites, Rents, and Transitions: A New Institutionalist View of Ethiopia’s Political Development.Africa Today 68(3), 65-86. DOI: 10.2979/africatoday.68.3.04

2021. “From Red Sea to the Nile: Water, Power, and Politics in Northeast Africa.” Third World Quarterly 42(12), 2883-2901. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2021.1977622.

Working Papers

Partaw, M and Demerew, K. “Institutional Logic of Fragile States: From South Sudan to Afghanistan.” Under Review, Journal of the Middle East and Africa.


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)

"Blockchain Contractualism: New Paradigms of Identity and Governance in Diverse Polities.” Center for Governance and Markets. (book chapter - early stages)

Violence, Rents, and Institutions: Political Development in Africa. (Book manuscript – early stages)

Contracting the State: Economic Freedom and Self-Governance in Africa. (Conceptual stages)

Teaching Experience

West Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor (2023 - Present)

University of South Florida
Instructor (2021 - 2023)

Teaching Assistant (2019 - 2021)

Concordia University Texas
Adjunct Faculty (2019 - 2022)

Research Experience


University of South Florida School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

Research Assistant, Steven C. Roach, Ph.D., June-Aug. 2020; Jan-Mar. 2022


Washington University, Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, & Public Policy

Research Assistant, Hong Min Park, Ph.D., May to Sept. 2013

Presentations

Service to Profession

Media Engagement

Professional Affiliations