Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 415
371 Varner Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Getnet Bekele

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 406 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3517
Fax: (248) 370-3528
Email: [email protected] 

Ph.D., Michigan State University

Major Fields:
Environment and Development, Economic History, Conflict Studies, African History



Ploughing New Ground: Food, Farming, and Environmental Change in Ethiopia
(Woodbridge UK: James Currey, 2017).  Winner of the African Studies Association's 2018 Bethwell A. Ogot Prize for best book in East African Studies.


"Weaving the Bread Basket: The Political Roots of a Globalizing Food Market in Ethiopia, 1907-1955,"  Archiv Orientalni: Quarterly Journal of African and Asian Studies 77 (2009): 89-121.

"Food Matters: The Place of Development in Building the Postwar Ethiopian State, 1941-74,"  The International Journal of African Historical Studies 42 (2009): 29-54.

"Contingent Variables and Discerning Farmers: Marginalizing Cattle in Ethiopia's Historically Crop-Livestock Integrated Agriculture, 1840-1941,"  Northeast African Studies 9 (2002): 83-100.

"The State, Markets, and Ethnic Groups: Migration and Rural-Urban Integration in Gurage History, 1889-1984," in New Trends in Ethiopian Studies, ed. Harold G. Marcus (Lawrenceville, N.J.: Red Sea Press), 710-23.