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Zefitret Abera Molla

Zefitret Abera Molla

Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script”

Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

PhD Candidate



  • Since 09/2023: Freie Universität Berlin, Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script”, Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies, Doctoral Researcher                                                                                                                
  • 08/2019-05/2021: University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California: M.A in Migration Studies                                                                                                                    
    • 01/2020-05/2020: Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico: M.A in Migration Studies (Exchange Semester)                                            
  • 09/2014-06/2018: Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, Lyon, France: Bachelor of Laws LLB, Law and Political Sciences                                                                                                                                      

Academic Appointments, Scientific Activities & Outreach

  • 11/2021-08/2023: Research Associate in Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC
  • 01/2021-05/2021: Graduate reader/tutor for “Migration, border geographies and decolonial movements”, University of California, Berkeley
  • 06/2020-05/2021: Graduate Student Assistant for Research Project on Women and Catholic Social Thought, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • 09/2020/12/2020: Teaching Assistant for “Introduction to Chicano/a Literature Survey”, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Fellowships, Stipends and Awards

  • Master’s thesis selected for presentation at Latin American Studies Association Congress (May 2021)
  • Master’s thesis selected winner of Graduate Student Academic Showcase at the University of San Francisco (May 2021)
  • Master’s thesis presented at “Immigration and Social Justice Conference 2021” in San Francisco, California (April 2021)

Topic of PhD Thesis

A new era in Afro-Mexican history: From historical negation to constitutional and statistical recognition

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gülay Çağlar

Research Interest

Afromexican/Afrodescendant, race/racism, identity politics, minority rights