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Durham University

Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Jacob Wiebel

Assistant Professor (Modern African History) in the Department of History

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Jacob Wiebel is a historian of modern Africa. His work is focused on East Africa and the Horn, where his particular interests concern the historical making, dynamics and memories of collective violence; the rise of modern statehood with its associated change in relationships, ideologies and practices of political authority; and the political ecology of land control and usage. 

His current research, supported by the AHRC, examines the contested history and the memorialisation of the Ethiopian Red Terror of the late 1970s. He is also conducting research, funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, into the political ecology of the modern Ethiopian state, employing environmental history as a lens onto ideas and practices of statehood in the Ethiopian highlands.

Research Interests

  • Dynamics, effects and memories of collective violence
  • Modern African history
  • State-society relations in the Ethiopian region


Chapter in book

  • Wiebel, Jacob (2017). The Ethiopian Red Terror. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Spear, Thomas Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article