Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College

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Spring Quarter Office Hours: 2:00-4:00 Wednesdays

Adom Getachew is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College. She holds a joint PhD in Political Science and African-American Studies from Yale University. Her research interests are situated in the history of political thought, with specialized interests in international law, theories of empire and race, black political thought and post-colonial political theory.

Adom’s current project, “The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination,” excavates and reconstructs an account of self-determination offered in the political thought of Nnamdi Azikiwe, W.E.B Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Eric Williams, Julius Nyerere and Michael Manley during the height of decolonization in the twentieth century. Drawing on archival research in Barbados, Ghana, Switzerland, Trinidad and the United Kingdom, the project illustrates how these anti-colonial critics, intellectuals and statesmen reinvented the concept of self-determination as a project of world-making in which they reconceived international political and economic relations.

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