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Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Students' Affairs at Kisii University in Kenya. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.

Explaining Intellectual Fatigue and Malaise in Kenya

Explaining Intellectual Fatigue and Malaise in Kenya By Maurice N. Amutabi There is an increasing level of ambivalence, apathy and intellectual disengagement that is worrying many public intellectuals in Kenya. Things were never like that. Kenya has many intellectual giants … Continue reading

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Rounding Up Natives to Take Tea in Colonial Kenya

Rounding Up Natives to Take Tea in Colonial Kenya By Maurice N. Amutabi On February 24, 1929 staff from Agricultural extension office threw a security cordon around Luanda market in Western Kenya, rounding up natives in order to give a … Continue reading

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The Abaluhya are the Oldest Centralized Community in Kenya

The Abaluhya are the Oldest Centralized Community in Kenya By Maurice N. Amutabi Book writing is not for everyone, and book reviews need to be truthful so that readers are adequately informed and advised before investing in a book. On … Continue reading

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Mourning Ali Mazrui, Africa’s Leading Public Intellectual and Mega Professor

Mourning Ali Mazrui, Africa’s Leading Public Intellectual and Mega Professor By Maurice N. Amutabi The death of Prof. Ali A Mazrui has robbed Africa one of its priciest and most prominent scholar, thinker and philosopher. He pursued multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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Call for papers for 2015 Kisii University Conference, June 24-27, 2015

Call for Papers for Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held at Kisii University (KSU), Kenya on June 24 to 27, 2015 General conference theme: ““Africa: Looking East or West”” Conference Venue: Kisii University (KSU) Main Campus, Kisii Kenya … Continue reading

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Final Kisii University 2014 Conference Programme July 30-August 2

Final Kisii University Conference Programme July 30- August 2, 2014 Final Message from Convenor of 1st International Annual Interdisciplinary Conference Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi, PhD Welcome to the KISII UNIVERSITY (KSU) Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take this … Continue reading

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Kisii University International Conference Programme for 2014

Kisii University Conference Programme July 30- August 2, 2014 Final Message from Convenor of 1st International Annual Interdisciplinary Conference Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi, PhD Welcome to the KISII UNIVERSITY (KSU) Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take this opportunity … Continue reading

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