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David Spielman

Visiting Assistant Professor
(212) 992-9826
1 Wash Pl, Room 416

David B. Spielman is a historian of the Horn of Africa, with a focus on early modern Christian Ethiopia. His research draws upon literary and archival materials in Ge’ez, Amharic, Italian, and more to examine the processes by which the Ethiopian Orthodox Church integrated a Coptic-Arabic legal text into its corpus and applied it across a society where multiple legal orders coexisted. Spielman has a wide range of research interest that include Ethiopian/Eritrean Ge’ez literature, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Horn of Africa manuscript cultures, law, African history, Global history and more. He earned a BA in African-American Studies from UCLA, his MA in African Studies from UCLA, and his PhD in History from UCLA. His research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays and the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at UCLA among others.

Teaching and Research Interests

Interests African History, Horn of Africa History, Ethiopian/Eritrean History, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Ge’ez (Ethiopic), Ethiopian/Eritrean Manuscript Cultures, Law, Canon Law, Ge’ez Literature, Christianity in the Horn of Africa.

David Spielman