Brian James Yates, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: Barbelin 112Q
Phone: 610-660-3353
Email: byates@sju.edu


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Prof. Yates' expertise is in identity construction, Ethiopian history, The Oromo, African state building and modern African History. Yates teaches classes in modern and pre-modern African history as well as identity construction in both Africa and its diasporas. He arrived at SJU in 2013.

Education

Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL, 2009
• Dissertation ”Invisible Actors: The Oromo and the Creation of Modern Ethiopia”
BA, Morehouse College Atlanta, GA, History, 2002
• Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of History, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA Fall 2013 - Present Assistant Professor of History, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY Fall 2011-Spring 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH Fall 2010-Spring 2011

Courses Taught

• Historical Introduction to Modern Africa
• African Diaspora Identities (S 2015)
• African Ethnicities
• Forging the Modern World
• Historical Introduction to Pre-Modern African
• From Papyrus to Pirates: A Survey of the Horn of Africa’s History (planned)

Publications

“Christian Patriot or Oromo Traitor?: The Ethiopian State in the Memories of Ras Gobäna Dach’é” Northeast African Studies vol. 13:2 (2013) “From White Males to Black Females: Understanding the National Bodies of Ethiopia (1896-1936)” Journal of Black Studies vol. 44:1 (2013) “Acculturation in the Däga: Local Negotiations in Amhara/ Oromo Relations” International Journal of Ethiopian Studies vol. 5:2 (2011)

“Invisible Matter: ‘Galla’ in the European and Ethiopian Imagination" Journal of Oromo Studies vol. 16: 2 (2009)

“Review of Reminiscences of My Life, by Emmanuel Abraham” Northeast African Studies 12:1 (2012)

“Review of A History of the Hadiyya of Southern Ethiopia, by Ulrich Braukämper” Northeast African Studies 12:2 (2014)

Grants and Awards

Travel Grant, Marist College (2013) Travel Grant, Marist College (2012) Travel Grant, Marist College (2011) Powers Travel Grant, Oberlin College (2010) Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Oberlin College (2009-2011) SSRC Dissertation Completion Grant, (2008-9) University of Illinois Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2007-8) Mellon Mays Research Grant (2005 and 2006) Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship Academic Year, University of Illinois (2004-5) Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, University of Illinois (Summers 2004) Graduate College Under-Represented Students Fellowship, University of Illinois (2003-4) Competitive Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship 4 year Fellowship at Michigan State University (2002 – 3) United Negro College Fund Mellon Fellow, Morehouse College (2001-2)

Research

“The Other Häbäsha: The Northern Oromo in the Creation of Modern Ethiopia: 1855-1916” Book manuscript

“Ethnicity as a Hindrance for Understanding Ethiopian History: Preliminary Notes from the 19th Century.” Article

“From Hated to Häbäsha: Oromo Identity Shifts in the 19th century” Article (submitted to the Journal of Eastern African Studies)

“21st Century Race Man: Reginald Hudlin’s Black Panther”

Article (submitted to Souls)