Nassisse Solomon

Thesis Title

  • Rooted in History: The Trajectory of Representations and Perceptions of Ethiopian Identities in Canada


  • Prof. Stephanie Bangarth

Second Reader

  • Prof. Robert Wardhaugh

Main Research Interests

  • Migration and ethnic Relations in Canadian History; Race relations in North America, contextualized globally


  • Solomon, Nassisse, “Tears are Not Enough: Canadian Political and Social Mobilization For Famine Relief in Ethiopia, 1984-88”, in The Samaritan State , University of Calgary Press, in Press.

    Solomon, Nassisse. “Calling To Her Brethren: An Examination of the Interactive Effects of

    Immigration, Race and Female Representation in The life and writings of Mary Ann Shadd

    Cary.” In Women in the “Promised Land”:  Essays in African Canadian History, Nina Reid-Maroney, Boulou Ebanda de B’beri, and Wanda Bernard Thomas, eds., Toronto: Women’s Press Canadian Scholars Press, 2018.

    Solomon, Nassisse, 1984: The Parable of Ethiopian Famine and Foreign Aid  and also here:

    King, Gillian A., Esses, Vicki M and Solomon, Nassisse,  "Immigrant and refugee families raising children with disabling conditions: a review of the international literature on service access, service utilization, and service care experiences". In Handbook of US Immigration and education. Edited by Elena L. Grigorenko. New York, Springer Publishing Company, 2011.

    Book Reviews:

    Review Essay: “From the Peripheries To The Core: Reinterpreting Canada’s Historic Relations to Conceptualizations of The Third World”, Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry & Debate, Volume 20 (Spring /Summer 2016): 73-78. 

    Review of Francis Peddie’s Young Well-Educated, And Adaptable: Chilean Exiles in Ontario and Quebec, 1973-2010, (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2014), in Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry & Debate, Volume 18.2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 82-84.

    Review of Karen Flynn’s  Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora. H-Canada, H-Net Reviews. January,2012.URL:

Conference Papers

  • “Tears Are Not Enough: Canada’s Concerted Efforts For Famine Eradication in Ethiopia, 1984-88”, A Samaritan State Revisited, Global Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 13, December  2016. 

    “From Adowa to Haile Selassie, Heralded and Contested Historical Symbolism: Meanings and Articulations of History In The Ethiopian-Canadian Diaspora”, Migration Without Borders Conference, Michigan State University, October 24, 2016.

    “Of Canadian Concern”: Why the Abyssinian Crisis of WWII served as Canada’s “Call to Action for Social Mobilization against Tyranny and Racial Impunity”, Canadian Historical Association, Panel Sponsored by the Canadian Council on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism / Parrainée par le Comité canadien sur la migration, l'éthnicité et le transnationalisme, Congress University of Calgary, Tuesday, June 2, 2016.

     “Migrant Voices: Oral Histories of  Contemporary Immigrants and Refugees in Canada “Space, and Recreation: The Mystique of the Falls and the attraction of Immigrant Families in Leisure time”, Middle Atlantic & New England Council for Canadian Studies (MANECCS) Biennial Conference, Niagara Falls ON, September 27, 2014.

    From Discourses on “His Majesty” to those of the “Dust Bowl of Africa” Social Representations of Ethiopia and Ethiopians from 1900 – 1992”, Canadian Historical Association, Joint Panel Presentation with the Canadian Association For African Studies, Congress, Brock University, St. Catherine’s Ontario Canada, May 28, 2014.

    “The Mobility of Identities: Examining The Nexus Between Personal, Cultural & National Histories In The Narratives Of Migrants”, Mobility and Immobility: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Settlement, Collaborative Graduate Student Conference between Western University and Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement, Western University, London Ontario, Canada. April 3 2014.

    “Moving Beyond (De) constructing Narratives of Famine, Impoverishment and Refugees to Illuminating historically situated “Experiences of Identity”: A case for intersectional heuristic devices, in an historical examination of Ethiopian Migration to Canada” , University of Toronto, Annual History Graduate Student Symposium , Toronto, Ontario Canada February 8,2014.

    “From Discourses on “His Majesty” to those of the “Dust Bowl of Africa” Social Representations of Ethiopia and Ethiopians from 1900 – 1992”, Daydreams and Nightmares, Graduate History Conference, Western University, London, ON, Ontario Canada October 17, 2013.

Archival Travel

  • Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
    Red Cross Archives, Ottawa
    Laval University
    University of British Columbia
    SIM International Archives in South Carolina

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