Dereje Feyissa is a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bayreuth. He completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology/Martin Luther University in 2003. He was a Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Osaka University, Japan between 2003 and 2005, and a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology from 2005 to 2007. He has lectured on Ethiopian history at the Alemaya University in Ethiopia and on social anthropology at the Martin Luther University and the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He is the author of Playing Different Games: Paradoxes of Anywaa and Nuer Identification Strategies in Gambella, Ethiopia (2011) and co-editor (with Markus Virgil Hoehne) of Borders and Borderlands as Resources in the Horn of Africa (2010).