Samuel Andreas Admasie

Graduate of Addis Ababa University (political science), the International Institute of Social Studies (development studies), and Leiden University (African studies). He was awarded a joint doctoral degree summa cum laude by the University of Basel (African studies) and the University of Pavia (history) for a dissertation on the history of the Ethiopian labour movement. He has taught at Addis Ababa University and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa; worked as a research advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency; and as a researcher at the Labour Movement's Archives and Library in Sweden. Since 2013 he has served as a regional representative and regional specialist for Africa at the International Institute of Social History.

His research interests include labour, class relations, trade unionism, and the political economy of the Horn of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.

List of recent publications:

Trade Union Resurgence in Ethiopia’. Global Labour Journal, 13(2) (2022).

Marxismin Ethiopia: Initial notes and puzzles’. In F. Blum, et al. (eds) Socialismes en Afrique/Socialisms in Africa. Paris: Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme (2021)(with Demessie Fantaye).

Mapping Social Dialogue in Apparel: Ethiopia’. Social Dialogue in the 21st Century project Report. Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations & The Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation. January 2021.

‘Rethinking the Ethiopian Red Terror: Approaches to Political Violence in Revolutionary Ethiopia’. Journal of African History 3(60) (2019) (with Jacob Wiebel).

Cycles of Mobilisation, Waves of Unrest:Ethiopian Labour Movement History’. Africa 1 N.S.(1) (2019).

‘Sport, Tourism and Entertainment’, in S. Bellucci & A. Eckert (eds) General Labour History of Africa: Workers, Employers and Governments, 20th – 21st Centuries. Woodbridge: James Currey (2019).

Amid Political Recalibrations: strike wave hitsEthiopia’. Journal of Labor and Society 21(3) (2018).


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International Institute of Social History
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