Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Mohammed Hassen Ali

Second Advisor

Mary G. Rolinson

Third Advisor

Carolyn N. Biltoft


This dissertation explores the intellectual, cultural, and political links between African American communities and the changing fortunes of Ethiopia. This I feel marks an important contribution in African American history and the broader global histories of the African diaspora. This dissertation also moves to demonstrate the multiple ways in which Ethiopia marked a conceptual beacon and point of reference in the struggle for African American belonging and achievement. In the broader sense, it incorporates the dynamic relationship between Anglo-Saxon Europeans, Africans, and those of the African diaspora. By tracing the founding of the North American colonies and the consequences of colonization, transatlantic migration, and the transatlantic slave trade, my objective is to reveal the foundational element that created the need for African Americans to conceptualize Ethiopia as a significant point of reference in their struggles.