Assistant Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies
Areas of specialization/interest
Culture and conflict, indigenous populations and processes of peacemaking, international human rights human security, terrorism, the Horn of Africa
Dr. Hamdesa Tuso was born and raised in Oromia in the Ethiopian Empire. While attending high school he participated in a youth movement for social change and justice for the landless peasants in the Rift Valley of southern Oromia. These life lessons in indigenous forms of human rights advocacy and peacemaking remain at the core of his work. Dr. Tuso practices his concentration on conflict resolution within and beyond the academy. He was instrumental in forming the Shanachaa Jaarsummaa (five-member peacemaking body) to resolve the 10 year-old conflict within the leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).
Dr. Tuso's previous academic appointments with George Mason University, Nova Southeastern University, Menno Simons College of the University of Winnipeg, among others has led him to dedicate his life to embedding indigenous and other practiced forms of expertise with conventional scholarship thereby maximizing the lessons he learned as a scholarly advocate for peace and justice.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Andrews University
B.A., Avondale College
Dr. Hamdesa Tuso
Office: Room 252, St. Paul’s College