Elleni Centime Zeleke received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought at York University (Toronto) in 2016. Her research interests include student movements in the Horn of Africa, 20th-century state formation in Africa, as well as comparative social and political theory.

She is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled Writing Revolution in Ethiopia: Knowledge Production and Social Change, 1964-2016. Zeleke has also completed a forthcoming article entitled "Nationalist Thought in the Theoretical Journals of the Ethiopian Student Movement" as well as a recently published article in the Journal of North East African Studies that examines the 2005 election crises in Ethiopia through the debates of the Ethiopian student movement of the 1960's and 1970's.

Zeleke has presented her work in a number of national and international venues including, the University of Addis Ababa, Oxford University, Yale University, and the Institute of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth.

Zeleke teaches courses on African Political Thought, Critical Theory, and Histories of Capitalism.