Title: The Thin Green Line: Indigenous Farmers, Foreign Experts, and Agrarian Development in Ethiopia (1930s-1950s)
PhD Supervisor & 2nd Reader: Amalia Ribi Forclaz and Davide Rodogno
Expected completion date: 2021
Michele Sollai is a PhD candidate in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He is currently finalizing his dissertation on the history of agrarian development and modernization in Ethiopia from the Italian occupation to the post-WWII years, titled “The Thin Green Line: Indigenous Farmers, Foreign Experts, and Agrarian Development in Ethiopia (1930s-1950s)”. Michele has also worked extensively on the history of the International Labour Organisation, focusing particularly on inter-war ‘native labor’ policy making and on the “World Employment Programme” of the 1970s.
- History of Development
- History of Science and Technology
- Environmental History
- Horn of Africa
Relevant Publications and Works
Michele Sollai, “Microcosms of Colonial Development: Italian and Ethiopian Farmers at the Crossroads of Fascist Empire Building (1937-1941)”, Contemporanea, v. 24, no. 1 (2021): 79:101. DOI: 10.1409/100257
Michele Sollai, Book Review of Felicitas Becker, The Politics of Poverty: Policy-Making and Development in Rural Tanzania, (Cambridge-New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019). Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 20/10/2020.
Michele Sollai, "Imperial Im/Mobilities, Local Mobilisations: Sharecropping and Coercion in Italian-Occupied Ethiopia (1937-1941)", in Claudia Bernardi, Viola F. Muller, Biljiana Stojic, Vilhelm Vilhelmsson (eds), To Move or Not to Move? Historical Perspectives on Labour, Coercion and Im/Mobilities (16th-20th century), (De Gruyter, forthcoming 2023).
Fellowships, Grants and Awards
• IHEID Excellence Scholarship (2017-2021)
• Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences: Travel Grant (2019)