Getachew Metaferia, PhD

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Title: Political Science Educator
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Getachew Metaferia, Ph.D., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science education.

Dr. Metaferia became involved in his profession due to his background of being born and growing up during a tumultuous time in Ethiopia in the 1960s. It was a time of different political movements, student movements in Ethiopia and throughout the world, such as the civil rights movement in the United States, and students uprising in Africa and Latin America that made him interested in the field of political science. He came to the United States for higher education and enrolled at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in two and a half years in 1975 and then earned a Master of Arts at the University of New Orleans in 1977. He earned a Ph.D. at Howard University in 1983. The base for his doctoral dissertation: conducted empirical research in the training of civil servants at the National Institute of Public Administration(NIPA) in Lusaka, Zambia (1982).

From 1983 to 1995, Dr. Metaferia lectured at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Since 1995, he has taught political science as a professor at Morgan State University. In 2018, he was a Senior Scholar and Fulbright Fellow at Tel Aviv University. In addition, he was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow to Namibia, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Peru in different years. He considers the highlights of his career to be visiting people in downtrodden areas and helping them overcome poverty. He has also been able to provide these civically minded services while serving on the board of directors at the Ethiopian Community Center in Washington, DC from 1997 to 2000. He served at the US Department of State and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a public member in evaluating the promotion of foreign service officers during the course of his career.

Dr. Metaferia has authored numerous books, articles and book chapters. He has appeared on across various media programs, such as television, to comment on African, Ethiopian and American politics. In 2019, he contributed a chapter to a book concerning African academics in the United States. Throughout his career, he has maintained professional affiliation with the American Association of University Professors, the American Political Science Association, the African Studies Association and the African Association of Political Science.

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