Graduated: 2016, Masters in Pan African Studies
Thesis title: Racial and ethnic identity within the Ethiopian diaspora in the United States and their political engagement in Ethiopia: The case of the Washington, DC metropolitan area
Graduate Student Information
Goshu Tefera is a practice-oriented, multidisciplinary scholar with 7+ years of successful experience in livelihood improvement programs, research, and communication.
He has extensive experience of working in academia, research institute, NGO, and international bilateral organizations across a range of disciplines namely health, education, environment, and natural resource management. Prior to coming to the United States, at one of Japan International Cooperation Agency's projects, he managed to conduct a series of participatory planning, implementation, and evaluation workshops over a three years period. As a Communications Officer for Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia, which is based at Ethiopian Development Research Institute, he managed all the communication activities and the research and policy interaction component through writing research/ policy briefs, holding academic seminars, and using the social media platform. Using his technical and communication skills, he took a leadership role in strengthening effective communication channel from local to federal level for one of JICA's health projects.
At Syracuse University, New York, he worked as a Teaching Assistant where he conducted research, led seminars, and advised students. He also briefly worked for the District of Columbia's Mayor Office in Washington, DC over the summer in 2015 as a Program Intern. For two consecutive years (2015-2016), he was involved in the Mandela-Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a Graduate Assistant.
Goshu is also a published author whose book is on Amazon. In his book, he discussed the role of women in ensuring household food security in Ethiopia. Academically, while he is a Journalism and Communications major with a Law minor, he holds a Master’s degree in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University, New York where he was recognized for scoring the highest G.P.A. of his cohort and another Master’s in Gender and Development Studies from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. In addition to obtaining a fellowship from School of Education, his thesis passed with a distinction. He is generally interested in social justice, livelihood improvement, civic engagement (particularly diaspora), and economic development.