Seifudein Adem is a political scientist from Ethiopia. He is the Associate Director of Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, where he has been teaching international relations and international political economy with a particular focus on Africa and Asia.
Seifudein Adem graduated from Addis Ababa University in 1988, with a B.A. (Distinction), majoring in political science. He then left for Japan for further education, where he earned an M.A. in international relations from International University of Japan in 1994, and a Ph.D. in international political economy from University of Tsukuba in 1999.
Seifudein Adem is proficient in English, Japanese, Russian, Afaan Oromo and Amharic. He also speaks some Chinese.
Seifudein Adem served as an assistant lecturer at Addis Ababa University (formerly known as Haile Selassie I University), Ethiopia, from 1989 to 1992, and as a graduate teaching assistant at University of Tsukuba, Japan, from 1995 to 1999.
After serving as a Foreign Scholar for two years, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at University of Tsukuba in 2001. He held the positions of Foreign Scholar and Foreign Professor at University of Tsukuba until he completed his assignment in Japan in December 2005. He had also worked briefly at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo as a researcher and an invited moderator /coordinator of UNU Global Seminars.
In January 2006, Seifudein Adem arrived at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, to work with Ali Mazrui at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS). IGCS was founded by Mazrui in 1991. Adem was appointed as the Associate Director of IGCS also in 2006, with a joint teaching appointment in the Department of Political Science. As associate instructor, he also taught courses at Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University.
Seifudein Adem's fields of interest include international relations of Africa, interactions between Africa and Asia and history and political economy of Ethiopia.
Membership of Organizations
- Executive Board, Global South Caucus, International Studies Association
- African Studies Association
- New York African Studies Association (President, 2010-2011)
- Greater Horn Horizons Forum
- International Association of Asia-Pacific Studies