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History Program

Habtamu Tegegne

Assistant Professor of African History
Phone: (239) 590-7561
Office: MH 189

Ph.D. History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011
M.A., History, Addis Ababa University, 2003
B.A., History, Addis Ababa University, 1998


Research and Teaching Interests

African History, Middle Eastern History, Premodern Agrarian Societies


Courses Offered

  • AFH 3100 - African History to 1850
  • AFH 3200 - African History since 1850
  • WOH 1023 - World Civilization 1500-1815


  • Lord, Zéga and Peasant: A Study of Property and Agrarian Relations in Rural Eastern Gojjam (Addis
    Ababa: United Printed, 2004).

Articles and Essays

  • “Rethinking Property and Society in Gondärine Ethiopia,” African Studies Review, Vol. 52, no.3 (December 2009): pp. 89-106.
  • Lord, Zéga and Peasant: A Study of Property and Agrarian Relations in Rural Eastern Gojjam. Addis
    Ababa: United Printers, 2004.

Conference Presentations

  • “Feasting in Memory of the Dead: Property and Gifts to Ancestors and Saints”, paper presented at the 53rd African Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, 18-20 November 2010.
  • “Land Tenures and Territorial Identity in Northern Ethiopia, 18th and 19th Centuries,” paper presented at the Territories of Ethiopia: Histories, Spaces and Powers, Addis Ababa, 12-14 December 2008.
  • “The Old Archives of the Gondar and Gojjam Provinces,” paper presented at the Comparative Perspectives on Land Tenure Systems, Addis Ababa, 4-6 October 2007.
  • “Revisiting Land Tenure in Eighteenth Century Gondärine Ethiopia: Zéga and the Land Charter of Däbrä-Sehäy Qwesqwam Church,” paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, San Francisco, November 2006.
  • “A Short History of the Monastery of Zeqwala,” paper presented at the 9th Annual Seminar of the Department of History, Addis Ababa University, Ziway, June 2001.

Grants and Awards

  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program, Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies, University of Rochester, 2010-2011
  • Joseph Ward Swain prizes given for the most outstanding published paper in the last year, Department of History, University of Illinois, 2010
  • Research Grant, School of Graduate Studies, Addis Ababa University, 2008
  • L'Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (France), Dissertation Research Grant, 2007-2008
  • Dissertation Research Travel Grant, Graduate College, University of Illinois, 2007-2008
  • Departmental Research Fellowship, University of Illinois, Department of History, 2007-2008
  • African Studies Association’s prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student, 2007
  • Laurence M. Larson Scholarship for Studies in Medieval or English History, University of Illinois, Department of History, 2007
  • Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2004-2005
  • Research Grant, School of Graduate Studies, Addis Ababa University, 2002
  • Ministero degli Affari Esteri in Italia, Italian-language study, University of Perugia, 2001
  • Istituto Italiano per l’Africa et l’Oriente, Rome, research grant in Rome and Naples, 2001