UMass Boston

Adugna Lemi

MGS - Dean's Office
Interim Director, MGS
Wheatley Hall Floor 05

Areas of Expertise

International Trade and Finance, Multinational Corporations, Development Economics, International Political Economy, Poverty and Income Dynamics


PhD, Western Michigan University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Since Fall of 2015, Professor Lemi has been serving as a Chair of the Department. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the department, Professor Lemi has been teaching courses in International Trade as well as Political Economy of Development in Africa. On research front, currently Professor Lemi is working on three research projects titled “Chinese firms in Africa: Evidence from a unique Chinese firm level data,” “Trade and climate change as determinants of changes in cropping pattern in Africa,” and “Trade mis-invoicing and capital flight from Ethiopia.”

Professor Adugna Lemi has joined the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2004 as an assistant professor. Prior to joining UMass Boston, Professor Lemi was an assistant professor at Winona State University in Minnesota. He has been teaching courses in Economic Development, International Trade, Applied Microeconomics, Multinational Corporations, and International Political Economy, Political Economy of Development in Africa both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Lemi has also taught a special topics course “The real relationship between the poor and the rich countries” in the Honors Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Between Summer 2007 and Summer 2011, Professor Lemi has been a visiting professor/consultant at Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia, during the summer months. At AAU, Lemi has taught a course in “Trade Policy and Trade Data Analysis” mostly for government employees to help build the capacity of the country in trade negotiations. Since 2011, Professor Lemi has been a visiting lecturer/consultant at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi, Kenya where he works with PhD students from various African Universities on their PhD thesis proposals and offer s seminar on International Trade topics. This summer Professor Lemi will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya to continue working with graduate students in these various universities and research center.

Professor Lemi’s research interests have focused on economic development in Africa, capital flow and its determinants in developing countries, multinational corporations and their role in developing countries, as well as on issues of poverty, trade, and income diversification in Ethiopia. Professor Lemi’s works have been published in academic journals including, Empirical Economics, African Trade Journal, International Journal of Education Economics and Development, Eastern Economic Journal, International Trade Journal, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Transnational Corporations Journal, African Finance Journal, Journal of Economic Development, and International Journal of Education Economics and Development, among others. 

View Professor Lemi's curriculum vitae.