Book Launch: Making Citizens in Africa

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Georgetown Professor Lahra Smith presented her new book, Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender, and National Identity in Ethiopia, to 30 students and faculty members. Professor Smith’s talk focused on citizenship rights for women in Ethiopia and its federal constitution that protects the rights of women as well as citizens as members of ethnic communities. In her book, Professor Smith expands on the theme of citizenship “by combining original data on language policy in contemporary Ethiopia with detailed historical study and [analysis] on ethnicity, citizenship, and gender. . .[bringing] a fresh approach to Ethiopian political development [and] to contemporary citizenship concerns relevant to other parts of Africa” (Cambridge University Press).