Understanding the Horn of Africa


From 2005 to 2013, the Center for African Studies undertook two projects, Understanding Sudan and Understanding the Horn of Africa, to provide university-level curriculum addressing issues affecting countries in the Horn of Africa: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. The United States Department of Education provided funding through the Title VI...

Leonardo Arriola

Director, Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Science
Center for African Studies
College of Letters and Sciences

Leonardo Arriola studies ethnic politics, party systems, and political economy in Africa. His current research focuses on the formation of multiethnic electoral coalitions among opposition parties in Africa. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Senegal. He has previously been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University, a visiting researcher at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, and a predoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He earned a...

Ndola Prata

School of Public Health - Maternal and Child Health

Daniel Shiferaw

Fellowship Recipient, Alumni
Computer Science

Eshetu Feleke

Fellowship Recipient, Alumni

Hannibal Tesfahunegn

Fellowship Recipient, Alumni
Goldman School of Public Policy

Tsegab Mekonnen

Fellowship Recipient, Alumni
Mechanical Engineering

Mubarek Hassen

Fellowship Recipient, Alumni
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Shiferaw Assefa

African American Studies

September 2021

Along with colleagues, students and friends, we mourn the loss of Shiferaw Assefa, our Amharic instructor and valued member of the Africanist community at UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, Kansas University and beyond. Originally from Ethiopia, his first degrees were in Amharic, French and Economics from Addis Abba University. With wide ranging interests, he gained master's degrees in Linguistics and African Languages from the University of Nairobi, Linguistics from Michigan State and African Studies and Library Science from UCLA. He received his PhD at UCLA in History in...