Fassil Demissie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy. He received his BA in Design, University of California, Berkeley; MA in Architecture and Urban Planning as well as his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles.
Prior to joining DePaul, he was an urban planner for the Century Freeway Housing Program, Department of Housing and Community Development, State of California.
Demissie research interest focus on the built environment and more specifically on the relationship between architecture and urban planning in colonial and post-colonial settings as well as the intersection between urbanization and the changing contours of cities in the Global South. He has published a number of books on the subject including Colonial Architecture and Urbanism in Africa: Intertwined and Contested Histories; Post-colonial Cities in Africa; Africans on the Move: Migration, Diaspora and Development Nexus; African Diaspora and the Metropole; African Diaspora in Brazil: History, Culture and Politics; Land Grab in Africa: The Race for Africa’s Rich Farmland.
He has also served as Guest Editor for Journal of Developing Societies and African Identities on global cities of the South
Currently, he is working on contemporary Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -- one of the fastest growing cities in Africa with a particular focus on the relationship between globalization and the changing urban landscape of the city.
Demissie is the Founding Editor of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge) and Series Editor, Routledge Studies on African and Black Diaspora.