Dr. Samuel Jilo Dira

Samuel Jilo Dira, PhD

Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Ethnographic Research Specialist
International Experience: England, Ethiopia & USA

 

 

 

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Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Master of Arts, Regional and Local Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Social Administration, Addis Ababa University, Adids Ababa, Ethiopia

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Learning to Survive Ecological Risks: Cultural Resilence Among the Sidama Farmers and Chabu Forager-Farmers in South Western Ethiopia. 

Master's Thesis

  • Community Participation and Public Works in Productive Safety Net Program: the Case of Boricha Woreda of Sidama Zone, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional State

Academic Experiences 

  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Visiting Instructor, Department of African Studies, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • Lecturer and Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Hawassa University, Awassa, Ethiopia
  • Lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology, Hawassa University, Awassa, Ethiopia
  • Instructor, Wolaita Soddo Agricultural Technical and Vocational Training College, Wolaita Soddo, Ethiopia

Ethnographic Field Research in Ethiopia

  • Summer 2014, Perception and cultural resilience to ecological vulnerabilities and cultural learning among Sidama farmers and Chabu forager-farmers
  • Spring 2014 Cultural learning among the Chabu forager-famers
  • Summer 2013, Topics: 1) Ecological risk and seasonal variability to ecological vulnerability among Sidama farmers, 2) Demography, subsistence, cultural resilience to ecological risk, and cultural learning among Chabu forager-farmers
  • Spring 2013, Culture, demography and subsistence of Chabu forager-farmers
  • Summer 2012, Demography, cultural resilience to ecological risk, and cultural learning among the Sidama farmers

Teaching Specializations

  • Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Ecological and Developmental Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Field Research
  • Socioeconomic Development
  • Sociology

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Social Development Officer, World Vision International - Ethiopia
  • Christian Commitment Coordinator, World Vision International - Ethiopia

Publications 

  • Quinlan, RJ; Quinlan, MB; Dira, SJ; Caudell, M; Sooge, A and Amzaye, A (2015). Vulnerability and Resilience of Sidama Enset and Maize Farms in Southwestern Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnobiology 35(2): 314-336 · June 2015
  • Quinlan, MB; Quinlan, RJ and Dira, SJ  (2014), Sidama Agro-Pastoralism and Ethnobiological Classification of its Primary Plant, Enset (Ensete ventricosum). Ethnobiology Letters 5:116-125 
  • Quinlan RJ; Dira, SJ; Caudell, M and Quinlan, MB (in press)). Culture and Psychological Responses to Environmental Shocks: Cultural Ecology of Sidama Impulsivity and Niche Construction in SW Ethiopia. Current Anthropology
  • Dira, SJ and BS, Hewlett (revised and resubmitted) Learning to Survive Ecological Risks among the Sidama of SW Ethiopia. Submitted to the Journal of Ecological Anthropology
  • Dira, S.J and B.S, Hewlett (in press) Learning to Spear Hunt among Ethiopian Chabu Adolescent Hunter-Gatherers. In Social Learning and Innovation in Hunter-Gatherers. H. Terashima and B.S. Hewlett, eds. Tokyo, Japan: Springer.

Presentations 

  • Learning to Spear Hunt among the Ethiopian Chubu Adolescent Hunter-Gatherers at the 45th Annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Embassy Suites Hotel, Downtown 319 S. W Pine Street Portland, Oregon USA February 17-20th, 2016
  • Vulnerability, change and cultural resilience among the Sidama of Southwestern Ethiopia, 2015 Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) Annual Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Surviving ecological risks among the Sidama of Southwestern Ethiopia, 2014 Dr. William R. Wiley Research Exposition, WSU Pullman.
  • Resilience: Learning to save among the Sidama of Southwestern Ethiopia, Society for Applied Anthropology 74th Annual Meeting Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, New Mexico.
  • Resilience: Learning to save among the Sidama of Southwestern Ethiopia, Society of Cross-cultural Research, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Demography and Subsistence of Chabu forager-farmers in Southwestern Ethiopia, 10th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHaGS), University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Session Co-chair of “Social Learning among Hunter-Gatherers” session at the 45th Annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Embassy Suites Hotel, Downtown 319 S.W Pine Street, Portland, Oregon USA February 17-20th, 2016.

Membership in Academic Organizations

  • Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCR)

Languages

  • Amharic, Native Proficiency 
  • Sidama, Native Proficiency
  • English, Full Professional Proficiency