Dr. Hamdesa Tuso

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.

Education
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Andrews University
B.A., Avondale College

Recent publications

  • Peace on Earth: Religion and Peacemaking (Co-Editor) New York, New York - Lexington Books. (2014)
  • African Society and Social Conflicts: The New Missionaries – A Call for Reconciliation of Paradigms
  • The International System vs. The Indigenous Peoples: The Oromo’s in the Conflict in the Horn of Africa”
  • “The Oromo Problem in U.S. Foreign Policy” in Arrested Development in Ethiopia: Essays on Underdevelopment, Democracy and Self-Determination. Ed. by Seyoum Hameso and Mahammed Hassen. Trenton, New Jersey: The Red Sea Press. (2004)
  • “The Tears of Generations” in Arrested Development in Ethiopia: Essays on Underdevelopment, Democracy and Self-Determination. Ed. by Seyoum Hameso and Mahammed Hassen. Trenton, New Jersey: The Red Sea Press. (2004)

Dr. Hamdesa Tuso
Contact info:
Phone: 204.474.6492
Email: H.Tuso@umanitoba.ca
Office: Room 252, St. Paul’s College