Taye Woldesmiate, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar

Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia

Before coming to Illinois Wesleyan, Dr. Taye was a Visiting International Scholar at Illinois State University, his alma mater. He joined the IWU faculty in September 2007 under the Scholar at Risk Program.  As president of the Ethiopian Teachers' Association, Taye Woldesmiate, was condemned to 15 years in prison in 1996. Thanks to international pressure, he was released in 2002, and has been living in exile since 2005, since a warrant has been issued for his arrest by the Ethiopian government. This fall, Dr. Taye is teaching Introduction to International Politics and Politics of Developing Societies. For more information about his arrest and release, click the links below.

Scholar at Risk Joins Faculty

IWU teacher writing about being political prisoner in Ethiopia