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...

Sandra Bass

Public Service Center

Martha Saavedra

Associate Director
Center for African Studies

Martha Saavedra has been with the Center for African Studies since 1993. She received a PhD and MA in a Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in International Studies from Rhodes College. She has taught at St. Mary’s College of California, Ohio University, the...

Leonardo Arriola

Associate Professor and Political Science Director, Associate Dean
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...

Fall 2022 African Film Festival at the PFA

August 23, 2022

African Film Festival

September 7–October 29, 2022

After two years of pandemic-related cancellations or virtual screenings, we are proud to welcome the African Film Festival (AFF) back to BAMPFA. More information is here: