Girma Kebbede

Professor of Geography and Department Chair

Office: 408A Clapp Laboratory
Email: Girma Kebbede
Phone: 413-538-2004
Fax: 413-538-2239

Girma Kebbede’s teaching and scholarly interests focus on the political economy of development and human dimensions of environmental change in Africa. His interdisciplinary perspective on ecological problems and development can be seen in both his research and publications. He is the author of several articles and books focusing on development, environment, and political conflicts in the Horn of Africa. Kebbede teaches interdisciplinary courses that serve the Geography, International Relations, and Environmental Studies majors.


  • Ph.D., M.A. Syracuse University
  • B.A. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Course Offerings:  

Fall 2015

  •  Third World Development The African Environment (217)

  • Third World Development (313) 

Spring 2016

  •  Political Geography (206)

  • Africa: Problems and Prospects (319)


  • Losing Ground: The Erosion of Ethiopia’s Natural Capital (forthcoming book)

  • Farmers in the City: The Case of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2011)

  • Living with Urban Environmental Health Risks: The Case of Ethiopia, Ashgate, 2004.

  • Sudan's Predicament: Civil War, Displacement and Ecological Degradation (1999).

  • The State and Development in Ethiopia, Humanities Press, 1992.

  • The Challenges of Reconstructing Eritrea, GeoJournal 31, 2 (1993): 22-224.

  • The State and Development in Ethiopia, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1992. (see review)

  • The Agonies of Ethiopian Women Refugees in Khartoum, Sudan, GeoJournal 23, 2 (1991): 99-106.

  • The State and Africa's Food Recovery, in A Reader in Peace Studies, edited by Ruth Davies and Barbara Munske, New York and Oxford: Pergamon Press (1990), pp. 119-126.

  • Cycles of Famine in a Country of Plenty: The Case of Ethiopia, GeoJournal 17, 1 (1988): 125-132.

  • Drought and Famine and the Political Economy of Environmental Degradation in Ethiopia, Geography 73, 1 (1988): 65-70. (with Mary Jacob)  

  • State Capitalism and Development: The Case of Ethiopia," The Journal of Developing Areas 22, 1 (1987): 1-24.

  • Urban Growth and the Housing Problem in Ethiopia. Cities 2, 3 (1985): 230-242. (with Mary Jacob).

Review Work

Academic Awards and Fellowships

  • Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship (Ethiopia), 2014-2015
  • Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship (Ethiopia), 2001-2002
  • Ford Foundation Research Fellowship, Cornell University, 1990-1991
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities, 1985