Teferra, Daniel

At UW-Whitewater

University - Faculty/Staff
Office Phone
(262) 472-1747
Office Location
HH 4409


  • Ph.D., Economic Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison,1979
  • M.A., Public Policy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975
  • B.A., Haile Selassie I University, Addis Ababa, 1971


Daniel Teferra, Ph. D., Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ferris State University, has lectured at UWW since 2006 in areas of principles of economics and history of economic thought.

While at Ferris (1980-2003), Dr. Teferra has taught a wide range of courses comprising principles of economics, economic development, comparative economic systems, Money & banking, International Economics, problems of economics and history of economic thought. He has served in leadership positions as Chair of the Economics & Statistics Department and member of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Teferra has served as mentor of underrepresented students, advisor to student organizations and University resource-person on African affairs and international studies.

Dr. Teferra has studied and written extensively on Economic Development in Africa, in general, and Ethiopia, in particular, as well as on U. S. Africa policy. He has published numerous scholarly works and a series books on economic development issues. His recent research and publications have focused on the link between entrepreneurship and economic development as well as on institutional issues of transition to a market economy and democracy in poor societies and former socialist countries in Africa.

Before Dr. Teferra came to the United States in 1974 for further studies, he had worked in Ethiopia in government and private organizations as a teacher, management expert, and small business consultant. He continued this type of real-world project work, some of it domestic and some international, through his days as Professor and Chair at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He was an entrepreneur in the true sense of the word as he opened and operated an upscale restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin for about three years (2003-2006). His business experience has given him a unique opportunity to compare economic theory and business practice, broaden his understanding of real-world business, and share his practical knowledge of entrepreneurship with his students and colleagues at UWW.    

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