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Seifudein Adem, PhD


Seifudein Adem teaches Global Studies at Doshisha University, Japan. Dr. Adem's latest book is Africa's Quest for Modernity: Lessons from Japan and China(Springer Nature, 2023).


He received his early education in Africa, Ethiopia, where he was born and raised. He holds a BA degree with Distinction (Political Science), MA (International Relations) and PhD (International Political Economy). He taught in Ethiopia (1988-92), Japan (2000-05; 2018-2023), USA (2006-16) and China (2017). He was also a Research Associate at the United Nations University, Japan (1999), Binghamton University, USA (2002) University of Frankfurt, Germany (2017), the University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2018-2022), and Howard University, USA (2022). His current research includes Africa's interactions with Asia, particularly China and Japan. 

Dr. Adem's administrative experiences include serving as the Associate Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, New York (2006-16), President of the New York African Studies Association (2010-11) and a member of the Executive Board of the International Studies Association's Global South Caucus (2012-16).

Seifudein Adem has received grants or fellowships from the US Government (USIA, 1990), from the Governments of Japan (MEXT, 1996-98, JSPS, 2008-10) and Germany (FMER, 2017); as well as from private institutions in the US (Ford Foundation, 2008 and 2016) and Japan (Tokyo Electric Power Company, 1992-94).

Dr. Adem is proficient in English, Japanese, Amharic, Russian and Oromo languages. The author of many books and academic articles, he has also actively presented his research findings at regional, national and international conferences. His detailed online CV is available here.

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