Adom Getachew

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and the College

Adom Getachew’s research interests are situated in the history of political thought, with a specialized focus on international law, theories of empire and race, black political thought, and post-colonial political theory. She is particularly interested in unearthing and highlighting the global perspective of black political thought to illustrate how this tradition helps us rethink key concepts in political theory, including sovereignty, empire, and international order.

Her current book project, “Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination,” reconstructs an account of self-determination offered in the political thought of Black Atlantic anti-colonial nationalists during the height of decolonization in the 20th century. This research received support from the Ford Foundation, Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, and International Security Studies at Yale. Getachew is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Conference for the Study of Political Thought, and the Social Science History Association.

She received an MPhil in political science and a PhD in political science and African American studies from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent one year as a Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago.

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