The working title for my research project is “Oromo Women in the Afterlives of Empire; Imperial Spaces and Geography Guraacha.” This work seeks to analyze how historical policies and epistemologies influence modern identities and ways of moving. What are the roots of these post-colonial routes? How do people move within, around, underneath, and despite the violences of the post-empire? What shared history connects these distinct journeys? And, how do these processes play out within a diaspora community? I believe that thinking through these ideas is a crucial part of supporting groups in transit, both the displaced and the autonomous. My academic experience and personal background heavily influenced my approach to this project.

I was born and raised in a settler state, on the border between two former colonial empires, descending from both immigrants and stolen people. I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Wells College in Aurora, New York, and an M.S. in Sociology from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. My M.S. was received as part of Peace Corps’ Masters International program, and I lived and worked in Oromiya, Ethiopia from 2014-17. Each of these moves has guided me to the work I hope to do with MOVES.


Madeline J. Bass, Daniel Córdoba, and Peter Teunissen. “(Re)Searching with Imperial Eyes: Collective Self-Inquiry as a Tool for Transformative Migration Studies.” Social Inclusion 8:4 (2020).

Madeline J. Bass. ““Resistance is our Culture”:  An Archival Exploration of Oromo Diaspora Organizing.” Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, vol. 1 (summer 2020).

Madeline J. Bass. “Oromo Women in the Afterlives of Empire; Hybrid Resistance.” Heritage Hybridisations. Concepts, Scales and Spaces. Una Europa PhD Workshop Proceedings. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 10-12 May 2021.

Conference Presentations

Madeline J. Bass. “Racist Discourse, Social Inequality, and Epidemics.” Oromo Studies Association Mid-Year Conference, 16 May 2020.

Madeline J. Bass, and Peter Teunissen. “Decolonial methods in studying and politically engaging in migrations: what can we learn from each other?” Workshop Decolonial Methods, Peripheral Selves: The Migrant Figure Between (South)East European and Global South Entanglements, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, 13 July 2020.

Madeline J. Bass. “Humanitarian Needs and Observations from the ORA Archives.” Oromo Relief Association Global Launch, 5 December 2020.

Madeline J. Bass. “Sovereignty of the Soul: Oromo organizations in pursuit of self-determination.” 5th Annual Conference of the Network of Oromo Studies: Self-determination: Prospects and predicaments in Ethiopia with special reference to Oromia, 27 February 2021.

Madeline J. Bass. “Hiriira Temporalities; Mapping Oromo liberation in the German diaspora.” American Sociological Association Annual Conference, session stream Transnational Social Movements. 10 August 2021.

Madeline J. Bass. “Will the revolution be archived?”, presented with J. Khadijah Abdurahman, Ayantu Tibeso, and Angatu Yousuf. Oromo Studies Association Annual Conference, 7 August 2021.

Other Activities

Madeline J. Bass. Seminar “Mapping Diaspora; New Understandings of Space, Place, and People on the Move.” X-Student Research Group. Berlin University Alliance (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin).

Madeline J. Bass. “Sovereignty of the Soul.” Podcast Free Oromia.