Dr. Alemayehu G. Mariam (Al Mariam) is a professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1984, and his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1988. He serves on the board of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSUSB. He has given human rights lectures at the Carr Center, Harvard University, and various law schools including the University of Minnesota, American University and UCLA. He also played a central advocacy role in the passage of H.R. 2003 (Ethiopia Democracy and Human Rights Act) in the House of Representatives in 2007. For the last several years, he has written a weekly web commentary on Ethiopian human rights and African issues. Currently, he has a weekly blog at the Huffington Post and his articles are featured on Pambazuka News, New American Media, Ethiopian Review and Ethio-Media. He has published two volumes on American constitutional law, including American Constitutional Law: Structures and Process (1994) and American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (1998). He is also a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Ethiopian Studies, a leading scholarly journal on Ethiopia.