Short CV/Education and training

  • 2003
    BA Degree in History, Addis Ababa University

  • 2005
    MA Degree in Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University

  • 2012
    PhD Social Anthropology Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies

  • 2013
    (three years) Postdoctoral Fellowship from Volkswagen Foundation

  • 2013
    Research fellow at Middle East Institute – National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • 2013
    Representative for the Eastern African Regional chapter of African Good Governance Network (AGGN)

  • 2014
    Guest Researcher at California State University, California

  • 2014
    Senior Researcher for the International Law and policy institute, Norway project on “Legal and Judicial Plurality and the Protection of the Rights of Women in Ethiopia”

  • Since 2015
    Researcher for the CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute) on the project Women in the developmental state: female employment and employment in Ethiopia

Selected publications

  • Meron Zeleke. 2015. Faith at the Crossroads: Religious Syncretism and Dispute Settlement in Northern Ethiopia.Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag

  • Meron Zeleke 2015. We are the same but Different: Accounts of Ethiopian Christian adherents of Islamic Sufi Saints. Journal Of African Religions. Journal for the Study of Religion Volume 27, Number 2, 2014 ISSN 1011-7601

  • Meron Zeleke.2014. “The Gendering Discourse in the Debates of Religious Orthodoxy”. In: Terje Ostebo and Patrick Desplat (eds.) Muslim Ethiopia: The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics, and Islamic Reformism. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Meron Zeleke and Silvia Bruzzi. Contested Religious Authority: Female Sufi Figuresin Ethiopia and Eritrea Journal of Religion in Africa 45 (2015) 1-31, Brill (In Press)

  • Meron Zeleke and Asebe Regassa.2014. “The Local Oromo Thanksgiving Ritual Going Global”. In: Afe Adogame (ed): African Religion in the West. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

  • Meron Zeleke. 2010. The Mother and the Bread Winner: The Socio Economic Role and Status

    of Gumuz Women. Munster: Lit Verlag.

  • Meron Zeleke. 2 “Terusina”. In: Siegbert Uhlig (ed.): Encyclopedia Aethiopica. Vol. 4: O-W. Wiesbaden:Harrassowitz.

  • Meron Zeleke. 2011. “Ye Shakoch Chilot: The Court of the Sheikhs. A Traditional Institution of

    Conflict Resolution in Oromia Zone of Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia”. African Journal of Conflict Resolution 10 (1). PP 63-84.


Selected projects

  • The Rise of Violent Religious Conflicts in Contemporary Ethiopia ( Active until 2016)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of The Global Young Academy (GYA)

  • Member of African Good Governance Network (AGGN)

  • Member of WSN (Women Scholars Network )

  • Member of International Commission of legal pluralism.

  • Member at the Ethiopian Sociologist, Social Anthropologist, and Social Workers Association

  • Member of the DAAD and BIGSAS Alumni

  • Member of the Association of German Educated Ethiopians (AEEG)

Media coverage

  • Participated at the expert interview panel discussion organized by the Deutsche Welle. Value of customary institution of conflict resolution in contemporary socio- political Context of Ethiopia.

  • Resource person for the Interview with the German Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). Studying in the Excellency initiative of African Studies: Insights to the Lived Experiences of African graduate Student in the Excellency initiatives.

Additional qualifications

  • Guest Scholar at National University of Singapore. Research Visit Grant. Singapore. Center for Middle East Studies, 2013

  • Visiting Scholar , California State University, 2014

  • Guest Scholar Wake Forest University . North Carolina, USA, 2015


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • research


Soft Skills

  • I Have experience in leading an international students serving as Representative of the international students at the Bayreuth International Gradate School of African Studies.

  • I Have experience in leading regional initiative served as head of the eastern African chapter of African Good Governance network.

    I have experience and interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary team.


Other activities and achievements/family


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News

  1. Religious conflict: more than meets the eye

    Throughout history and down to the present day, religion has been used as a pretext for conflict and violence. Indeed, too often religion and conflict appear inextricably linked. Dr Meron Zeleke Eresso from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia takes another view: in her research on the role of religion in society, she finds that religion plays an important part in promoting peace and reconciliation - and that, in many cases, conflicts that are regarded as religious actually have social and economic causes.