Invitation to join the Pan-African University Press Consortium

Dear Vice-Chancellor:
I am now heading a consortium that has created the Pan-African University Press to be based in Austin, Tx, USA. It will be a non-profit academic press. Books will mainly be distributed for free in Africa, although we will sell  in the West to generate an operating cost. All publications will be rigorously peer-reviewed.
I am inviting all African Universities to join this consortium. It won’t cost you any money, but gives you greater visibility as consortia members are listed in all the publications. However, if a staff of publishes with us, we may seek a subvention to let us give away the book for free in Africa. Or, the staff or the university can buy a certain number of copies to distribute on their own.  Such a purchase will be at an affordable rate.
The book will have the following advantages:
  1. it counts as an international publication for your staff;
  2. It gets indexed, and searchable all over the world;
  3. It connects your university to all the world libraries; and
  4. you get copies to distribute for free
The overriding goal of Pan-African University Press is to insert African voices into the global academy, to make the knowledge produced in one African country accessible in other African countries, and to give attention to a new generation of African scholars. To learn more, do please visit parts of our website still under construction:
With all best wishes,
Toyin Falola
University of Texas, Austin
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About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also 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.
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