Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor, Center for Human Rights (CHR), Addis Ababa University

Meron Zeleke Eresso is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Center for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University’s College of Law and Governance Studies and a postdoctoral fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation Knowledge for Tomorrow Initiative. She is also editor in chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights(EJHR). Dr. Zeleke holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), Germany. She has an MA in Social Anthropology and a BA in History from Addis Ababa University. Dr. Zeleke has taught at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the University of Bayreuth, Germany; and the Horn of Africa Institute, Kenya. She was a visiting scholar at California State University, the University of Singapore, and Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and has previously worked as a researcher for different international development organizations such as the World Bank, DFID, and the EU. Dr. Zeleke has research expertise on customary institutions of conflict resolution, religious based conflicts, and gender. She is a 2016 recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network’s Individual Research Grant.

Award Information

African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2016
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Center for Human Rights
Women as Agents of Peace in Africa: Women’s Role in Customary Institutions of Conflict Resolution in Ethiopia