I teach and write about international development, social theory, political economy and the historical sociology of modernity. Trained in the comparative study of society and history, I work across the disciplinary boundaries of the social sciences. As an undergraduate at Cornell I was particularly interested in social and political thought and subsequently received a Ph.D. in historical sociology from Binghamton University. Set within a broadly comparative framework, my writings explore materials from the history and contemporary politics of social change in Ethiopia and Eritrea where I have conducted research for many years.
My research program seeks to advance knowledge of the sociology and ecology of development. My overarching research program is constituted by three interlocking projects: (i) the critical rethinking of the conceptual framework of development through the reconstruction and elaboration of the idea of "uneven and combined development"; (ii) the systematic deployment of this theory to elucidate various aspects of state, economy, and society in northeast Africa so as to better understand their developmental trajectories; (iii) and, thirdly, the extension of this the theory of uneven and combined development to the metabolic relations between society and nature.
Awards and Honors
- CALS Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2010) CALS- Cornell University
- Summa cum laude (1993) Cornell University
- Makki, F. M. (2015). Post-Colonial Africa and the World Economy: The Long Waves of Uneven Development. Journal of World-Systems Research. 21:Pages 124-146.
- Makki, F. M. (2014). Development by Dispossession: Terra Nullius and the Social Ecology of New Enclosures in Ethiopia. Rural Sociology. 79:79-103.
- Makki, F. M. (2016). "The Ethiopian Revolution: A World-Historical Perspective". p. 185-205 Historical Sociology and World History: Uneven and Combined Development over the Longue Durée Alex Anievas and Kamran Matin (ed.), Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Md. USA.
Presentations and Activities
- The Long Revolution: 1974 from the Perspective of 1991. The Ethiopian Revolution at 40. November 2014. International Institute for Social History. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- Land Enclosures: Implications for Water. Water Scarcity, Risk and Democracy in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. April 2013. Global Water Partnership. Athens, Greece.
- Massawa: Politics and Culture in a Red Sea Emporium. IFRIQIYYA Colloquium. April 2011. Institute for African Studies and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. Columbia University.
- New Enclosures. Roundtable on New Enclosures. April 2011. Organization of Cornell Planners. Miller-Heller House, Ithaca, NY.
- Development by Dispossession: Land Grabbing as New Enclosures in Contemporary Ethiopia. International Conference on Global Land Grabbing. April 2011. Institute of Development Studies. Sussex University, Brighton UK.