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Dr. Daniel Mains

Location: Boren Hall 153
Phone: 405.325.3615


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Emory University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Emory University
  • B.S., Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College

Daniel Mains’ research and writing explores the intersection between culture and economics in urban Africa.  He is the author of Hope is Cut: Youth, Unemployment, and the Future in Urban Ethiopia (2012).  Hope is Cut examines how young men in urban Ethiopia negotiate the gap between their desires for the future and economic realities.  His second book, Under Construction: Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia (2019) examines the relationship between development and governance through an exploration of conflicts surrounding the construction of roads, hydroelectric dams, and other forms of infrastructure.  Dr. Mains was a Fulbright Fellow in Hawassa, Ethiopia (2013 – 2014) and a Humboldt Fellow in Berlin, Germany (2017 - 2018).

Research interests

  • Ethiopia
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Youth Cultures
  • Capitalism
  • International Development 

Courses taught

  • HON 2970 Globalizing Africa
  • HON 2970 Culture, Power, and International Development
  • HON 3993 Cultures and Capitalisms
  • HON 3993 Global Youth Cultures