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Dr. Tekle Woldemikael

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Expertise: Ethnicity; Race; Refugees
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 213
Office Hours: M 1:30pm – 3:00pm T 2:00pm – 4:00pm W 1:00pm – 2:00pm and by appointment
Phone: (714) 744-7840
Addis Ababa University, Bachelor of Arts
Northwestern University, Master of Arts
Northwestern University, Ph.D.


Tekle Woldemikael (Ph.D., Northwestern University) Tekle has taught at various Universities and Colleges including Redlands University, where he was the Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, Hamilton College, where he was the Chair of Africana Studies, University of Hartford and University of Gezira in the Sudan.  His research interest involves studying immigrants and refugees, racial identity, ethnicity and nationalism, language and public policy.  He is an author of book, Becoming Black American: Haitians and American Institutions in Evanston, Illinois.  He co-edited a special issue of The American Sociologist on "Racial Diversity in Becoming a Sociologist."  His articles have appeared in numerous journals and edited books.  He is working on a book titled, The Invention of Eritrean National Identity. He teaches Social Theory, Integrative Seminar, Race and Ethnic Relations, and African Society.

Invited Conference Presentation:


"The Pitfalls of Nationalism In Eritrea" Biopolitics, Militarism, and Development: Eritrea in the 21st. Century, edited by David O'Kane and Tricia Redeker Hepner published by Berghahn Books 2009.

"An Exploration into the Religious Life of Eritrean Immigrants in the United States" forthcoming in African Christian Diaspora, edited by Frieder Ludwig, Trenton: Red Sea Press

"Africa Today" Vol. 60, No. 2, Guest Editor. Special Issue: Postliberation Eritrea. Author of "Introduction: Postliberation Eritrea" (Winter 2013) (pp. v-xix), Indiana University Press

Invited International Presentation:

In June '09 Professor Woldemikael traveled on invite to Dakar, Senegal to present at this international conference. Below is the title of his paper:

2009 "Islam, the Nation State and the Debate Over National Language in Eritrea" at the International Conference on "Islamic Renewal in Africa: Struggles Over the Public Sphere and Development" organized by the African Study Centre (Leiden University, the Netherlands), Dutch Embassy In Senegal and the Members of the Program "Islam in Africa: Globalization and Moving Frontiers" in Dakar, Senegal, June 23-25.

Conference Presentation:

2009 "The Politics of Memory and Mourning in Eritrea" Pacific Sociological Association Meeting in San Diego April 8-11.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“Under the Shadow of a Colonial City: A Memory of Childhood in Indigenous Asmara" in Architecture in Asmara: Colonial Origin and Postcolonial Experience edited by Peter Volgger and Stefan Graf. Berlin: Germany: Dom Publishers, December 15, 2017
Imagining Home from Exile: A Memory of Childhood in Indigenous Asmara forthcoming in Asmara, the Sleeping Beauty edited by Stefan Graf and Volgger, Institute for Architectural Theory, University of Innsbruck, Austria
“Here I am Naked”: Vulnerability of Day Laborers in the Borderlands" in Scholars and Southern Californian Immigrants in Dialogue: New Conversations in Public Sociology 2014
Scholars and Southern Californians in Dialog: New Conversations in Public Sociology. This book is being coedited with Dr. Victoria Carty and Dr. Rafael Luevano Lexington Books 2014
"Introduction: Postliberation Eritrea" an introduction to Special Issue on Postliberation Eritrea in Africa Today Journal Winter 2013
Special Issue Journal Editor "Postliberation Eritrea"a special edited volume for Africa Today journal. Winter 2013
"An Exploration into the Religious Life of Eritrean Immigrants in the United States" in African Christian Presence in the West. Edited by Frieder Ludwig and J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu and published by Africa World Press
"Pitfalls of Nationalism in Eritrea" in Biopolitics, Militarism and Development: Eritrea in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by David Okane and Tricia Redeker and published by Berghahn Books
"The Invention of New Traditions in Eritrea" in Traditions of Eritrea: Linking the Past to the Future. Edited by Gebremedhin and Tesfagiorgis and published by the Red Sea Press