Kebbede's research and teaching interests are the interrelations between politics and development, human dimensions of environmental change, and socio-economic and political causes and consequences of political conflicts in Africa.
His books in these interests include: The State and Development in Ethiopia and Sudan’s Predicaments: Civil War, Displacement and Ecological Degradation. His forthcoming scholarly publication, The Erosion of Ethiopia’s Natural Capital, deals with the degradation of Ethiopia’s environment and natural resource base.
Kebbede has held a research fellowship at Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University and visiting positions at St. Anslem College (NH), University of Khartoum (Sudan), and Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). He has twice won Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Ethiopia.
Kebbede teaches several interdisciplinary courses. His Political Geography is a required course for international relations major and his intermediate-level courses, such as Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, The African Environments, and his upper-level Third World Development seminar course, serve the Environmental Studies major and other cognate disciplines.
In addition to his research and teaching, Kebbede is a member of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Hazards and Risks.
- Environment and Society in Ethiopia(Routledge 2017)
- 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).
- Living Terraces in Ethiopia: Konso Landscape, Culture and Development (Elizabeth Watson). Reviewed by: Girma Kebbede, African Studies Review, 2010, Vol.53 (3), pp.167-169. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40930982?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
- Addis Ababa: Migration and the Making of a Multiethnic Metropolis, 1941–1974 (Getahun Benti). Reviewed by: Girma Kebbede, African Studies Review, 2008, Vol.51(1), pp.142-143. http://www.jstor.org/stable/27667301?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
- This Place Will Become Home (Laura C. Hammond). Review by: Girma Kebbede: African Studies Review, 2006, Vol. 49 (1), pp.135-137. https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-1254120301/this-place-will-become-home
- Inside Sudan: Political Islam, Conflict, and Catastrophe (Donald Petterson) Review by: Girma Kebbede, African Studies ReviewVol. 42, No. 3 (Dec., 1999), pp. 248-250. http://www.jstor.org/stable/525302?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
- Ready and Waiting...but Still Waiting: Eritrean Refugees in Sudan and the Dilemma of Return (Gaim Kibreab). Reviewed by: Girma Kebbede, African Studies Review, 1 April 1998, Vol. 41(1), pp.192-194. http://www.jstor.org/stable/524706?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
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