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Edward  Kissi

Edward Kissi


Office: FAO 265
Phone: 813/974-7784


B.A. (History, Classics) University of Ghana, 1987; M.A. (History) Wilfrid Laurier University, CANADA, 1991; Ph.D. (History) Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA, 1997.



Edward Kissi is Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida (USF). He completed his undergraduate studies in the Departments of Classics and History at the University of Ghana, in 1987.  He earned an MA in History from Wilfrid  Laurier University,  in Canada, in 1991, and a Ph.D. in History from Concordia University, in Montreal, Canada, in 1997.  Kissi was an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University from 1998 to 1999 and served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University,  from  2000 to 2003.  Since 2004, Kissi has been teaching and conducting research at USF.  His research focuses on 20th Century economic and diplomatic history of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa; history of US foreign relations (with Africa) since the 20th Century,  and the comparative history of genocide and human rights.  He is the author of  Revolution and Genocide in Ethiopia and Cambodia (2006), and has published  a number of articles and book chapters on genocide, famine, international relief aid and US foreign policy towards Africa in the Cold War period  in notable books and peer-reviewed journals.  His most recent article appears in the May 2012 issue of Past and Present (

In 2009, Kissi wrote “The Holocaust as a Guidepost for Genocide Detection and Prevention in Africa” for the landmark United Nations’ Discussion Papers Journal (http://www.unorg/holocaustremembrance/docs/paper5.shtml).  He has since been involved in major international activities on Holocaust and Genocide Education, including  UNESCO’s on-going initiatives on Holocaust and Genocide Education in Africa.