Miriam Driessen


Associate Faculty Member

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute, China Centre



Research Interests:

Miriam Driessen is an anthropologist by training. Her work explores Ethiopian-Chinese encounters from a variety of angles, including migration, labour, language and, more recently, law.


2021. “Chinese workers in Ethiopia caught between remaining and returning.” Pacific Affairs 94(2): 329-346. https://doi.org/10.5509/2021942329 

2021. “Rescuing masculinity: Giving gender in the wake of China's marriage squeeze.” Modern China 47(3): 266-289. (with Willy Sier) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0097700419887465

2020. “Pidgin play: Linguistic subversion on Chinese-run construction sites in Ethiopia.” African Affairs 119/476: 432-451. https://doi.org/10.1093/afraf/adaa016

2019. Tales of hope, tastes of bitterness: Chinese road builders in Ethiopia. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness (hku.hk) 

2019. “Laughing about corruption in Ethiopian-Chinese encounters.” American Anthropologist 121(4): 911-922. https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.13320

2019. The restless earth: Rural China in transition. London: Vintage Digital.

2018. “Rural voids.” Public Culture 30(1): 61-84. https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-4189167

2015. “Migrating for the bank: Housing and Chinese labour migration to Ethiopia.” China Quarterly 221: 143-160. https://doi.org/10.1017/S030574101400157X

2015. “The African bill: Chinese struggles with development assistance.” Anthropology Today 31(1): 3-7. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12151

Miriam Driessen