Faculty » Worku Nida
Professor Nida earned his Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from UCLA. His research and teaching interests span Africa, the United States, and the Middle East with foci on social change, entrepreneurialism, migration, crafting identity, class formations, diaspora, transnationalism, immigration, social movements, ethnohistory, and nation-building. His first book, Jebidu, The Culture and History of the Gurage People (1991), was the first monograph of the Gurage (of Ethiopia) published in Amharic, and explored ethnohistory in the context of nation-making through internal conquests and its local resistance movements. An extensive ethnographic research on contemporary migration in Ethiopia resulted in his second book, Urban Migration and Its Impacts on Village Life: The Gurage Case (2006), which analyzes the effects of migration on both sending and receiving communities, and describes the role of migrants and remittances as agents of social change. Based on his dissertation fieldwork in Ethiopia, Professor Nida theorized entrepreneurialism as a form of social movement through and in which people craft their identities and rewrite the national political economy and culture. His teaching experiences include courses in anthropology, area, ethnic, and gender studies. He enjoys taking his students on ethnographic field trips to local communities such as the Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles, which he has researched and written about over the last twelve years, and inviting local community leaders to his classes. Before he joined UCR, Professor Nida taught a variety of courses in eight institutions of higher learning including UCLA, CSULA, CSUCI, Scripps College, El Camino College, and Alfaisal (in Saudi Arabia).