Shimelis is an Associate Professor of modern African history and politics at Stony Brook University (SUNY), New York. He was a senior lecturer in the History Department at Addis Ababa University before he joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he completed his doctoral studies.
A member of different forums working on Africa, Dr. Shimelis’ works have been published as monographs, book chapters and articles in the Journal of Ethiopian Studies, Journal of North East African Studies, and African Review of Books, to least a few. He is now completing a book manuscript on the relationship between city, state and nation in modern Ethiopia.
Apart from his academic life, Dr. Shimelis is passionate about education, environment, and social justice.