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Gnamo, Abbas

Gnamo, Abbas



PhD (Political Science / African Studies):
Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne




(416) 979-5000 x 2080


Dr. Gnamo holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Addis Ababa , as well as a Master of Arts, a Diplomes D'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) and a Ph.D., all from the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne.

He has lectured extensively in the field of international development and studies as well as global governance and African Studies in various higher learning institutions including York University (Canada), the University of Toronto, and Ryerson University. The major offerings he has directed/taught include: Issues and Problems in Third World Politics The Globalization of World Politics Culture and Identity in World Politics The Third World in International Politics The Twentieth Century: A Global Perspective Colonialism and Decolonization The Uneasy Peace: The Cold War and International Relations, 1945-1990; Modern Africa Africa: The Challenges of Change and Development, etc.

Currently, Dr. Gnamo's research interests focus upon Third World politics and society, including: Centre-periphery relations, state failure, religious revivalism, identity politics, civil wars, conflict management and resolution, forced displacement, development and democratization. His current project is on "Identity Politics and Ethnonationalism in the Horn of Africa," which is financed by a SSHRC standard grant.

Selected Publications:


  • Conquest, Resistance in the Ethiopian Empire, 1880-1974. Boston & Leiden: Brill Academic Publishing, 2014.
  • L’Etat et les crises d’intégration nationale en Ethiopie contemporaine (The State and the Crisis of National Integration in Contemporary Ethiopia) in the collection of Travaux et Documents No. 37, Centre d'Etude d'Afrique noire, IEP, Université de Bordeaux 1, Talence, France, 1993.


  • “Scramble for Oromo Land: Menelik's Conquest and Arsi Oromo Resistance, 1881-1886.” In Contested Terrain: The Oromo and Ethiopian Studies, ed. Ezekiel Gebissa, 60-92.  Minneapolis: The Lutheran University Press, 2014.
  • “The Role of the Interhamwe in the Regional Conflicts: The Origins of Unrest in Kivu.” In War and Peace in Zaire-Congo: Analyzing and Evaluating Intervention, 1996-1997, ed. Howard Adelman & Govind Rao, 85-108. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 2004.
  • “The Rwandan Genocide and the Collapse of Mobutu's Kleptocracy, Zaire.” In The Path of a Genocide: The Rwandan Crisis from Uganda to Zaire, ed. Howard Adelman and A. Suhrke, 321-349. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, 1999.
  • “The Dilemma of Arsi Balabbats: A Study of Socio-Economic Position of Local Chiefs, 1886-1935.” In X Conférence Internationale des Études Éthiopiennes, Vol. 1, ed. Claude Lepage, 585-92. Paris: Socité Française pour les Études Éthiopiennes, 1993.


  • “Islam, the Orthodox Church and Oromo Nationalism (Ethiopia).” Cahiers d’Etudes africaines 165 – XLII:1 (2002): 99-120.
  • “La conquête impériale éthiopienne des Oromo-Arsi (1882-1892).” Africa LIV:1 (1999): 85-115.
  • “Pouvoir de bénir et de maudire: cosmologie et organisation sociale des Oromo-Arsi, Ethiopie.” Cahiers d'Etudes africaines 146-XXXVII:2 (1997): 289-318.
  • Review of A River of Blessings: Essays in Honour of Paul Baxter ed. David Brokensha (Maxwell, NY: Syracuse University, 1994) The Oromo Commentary 4 (1996): 31-34.
  • “Arsi Oromo Political and Military Resistance against the Shoan Colonial Conquest, 1881-1886.” The Journal of Oromo Studies II:1/2 (1995): 1-21.
  • "Menelik’s Conquest as the Genesis of the Ethiopian Crises." The Oromo Commentary 5:2 (1994): 17-24.
  • “L'Ethiopie va-t-elle éclater? Economie, politique et société en pays Arsi, 1900-1935.” Cahiers d'Etudes africaines 126-XXXII:2 (1992): 239-283.
  • "Le rôle du culte de Chaikh Hussein dans l'Islam des Arsi, Ethiopie." Islam et Sociétés au Sud du Sahara 5 (1991): 21-42.


  • Review of Ethiopia: The Last Frontiers by John Markakis (London: James Currey, 2011) Canadian Journal of African Studies 46:2 (2012): 334-336.
  • Review of The Ethiopian Revolution, 1974-1987 by Andargachew Tiruneh (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993) Cahiers d'Etudes africaines 137-XXXV:1 (1994): 251-254.
  • Review of A History of Modern Ethiopia (1855-1974) by Bahru Zewde (London: James Currey, 1991) Cahiers d'Etudes africaines, 131- XXXIII:3 (1992): 495-497.

Spoken Languages:

English, French, Amharic, Oromo