Aster S Tecle portrait
  • Assistant Professor, College Of Social Work

Research Summary

I focus on refugees’ experience of forced displacement to better understand how cultural identities evolve in and through global migrations. My work with Horn of Africa refugee youth in the Pacific Northwest explores their sense of "home" in cultural displacement. I intend to expand my research scope to larger African communities for comparative analyses of “refugeeization” and "integration" discourses of newly arriving Africans and those who landed in the West Coast since the 1970s.

Education

  • PhD, Social Welfare. School of Social Work, University of Washington. Seattle, WA. Project: Where is "Home?" Interpreting Horn of Africa Youth Discourse and the Politics of "Displaced Youth"
  • MSW, Community Practice, School of Social Work, University of Washington. Seattle, WA
  • MA, Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA.
  • BA, English Literature, University of Asmara. Asmara, Eritrea.