History, Philosophy and Anthropology
|PhD||West Virginia University||African History/East Africa & British National and Imperial History||August 2009-June 2014|
|non-degree||Mid-Level Professional Development Studies, Rotary International Certificate in Development and Peace & Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok –Thailand||Conflict and Peace Studies||June-September 2008|
|MA||University of Nairobi||Armed Conflict and Peace Studies (History)||2002-2005|
|BA||First Class Honors, University of Nairobi||Political Science & Public Administration and History||1997-2001|
Areas of Expertise
- Cross-cutting themes in the making and evolution of the postcolonial African state: race, ethnicity [contemporary politics & political economy], gender & women history, class, labor, social movements
The inner workings of power and authority
Social & environmental justice, social movements, state (il)legitimacy and the rule of law
Region of specialty: East Africa (and contemporary Kenyan politics in particular)
Other regions: Sub-Saharan Africa & Central and Eastern Europe [with specific interest in the origin and development of states and the state-system or state-formation); the relationship between the state and capitalism; and military history and memorialization]
Political and social theory
Books in Field Of Expertise
Nicholas K. Githuku. Book, Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics in Postcolonial Kenya. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, October 15, 2015. 574.
Chapters in Field Of Expertise
Nicholas K. Githuku. "The Unfolding of Britain and Kenya’s Complex Tango: An Uneasy Return to a Critical Past and its Implications." . Dedan Kimathi on Trial: Colonial Justice and Popular Memory in Kenya’s Mau Mau Rebellion November 2017: 17.
Nicholas Githuku. "From Moral Ethnicity to Moral Anarchy: The Colonial Ideology of Order and Political Disorder in Postcolonial Kenya." . in The Omnipresent Past. Historical Anthropology of Africa and African Diaspora (ed.) Dmitri Bondarenko and Marina L. Butovskaya (Moscow: LRC Publishing House, July 2019) : 25.
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" The Indivisible Global African Experience: A Reflection on an Inter-Permeating Intellectual History " February 25 2019: Guest Lecture at the Center for African Studies, Harvard University.
" The Power/Knowledge Nexus and Resistance: Discursive Consciousness and Technologies of the Self—the Case of Jomo Kenyatta, " September 11th to 13th 2018: at the ASA-UK Conference, University of Birmingham, England.
" Redeeming Our Tainted Soul: A Call to Armed Moral Reason, Moral Rearmament and Critical Conscience, " 1st to 4th August 2018: at the 8th African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR), Lusaka—Zambia.
" The Power/Knowledge Nexus and Resistance: Discursive Consciousness and Technologies of the Self—the Case of Jomo Kenyatta, " 1st to 5th July 2018: the 8th Toying Falola Conference (TOFAC) at the United States International University (USIU), Nairobi—Kenya.
" Unfolding of Britain’s and Kenya’s Complex Tango: An Uneasy Revisit to a Critical Past and its Implications " December 1st to 3rd, 2016: at the 59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association.
" The Long Kenyan Century: A People’s Elusive Quest for the ‘Good Life’" " 9th & 10th September 2016: The 9th Kenya Scholars and Studies Association Conference (KESSA).
" Formal Book Launch of Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics of Postcolonial Kenya " 23rd June 2016: Goethe Institut, Nairobi-Kenya.
" Mau Mau Crucible of War: " 22nd October 2014: Professional Presentation at the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University.
" White Man’s Land: Colonial Foundations and Legal Architecture of the Kenyan State and its Discontents " 21st-24th November 2013: The 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA), Baltimore, MD.
" White Man’s Land: Colonial Foundations and Legal Architecture of the Kenyan State and its Discontents " 8th September 2012: Presented at the African Studies Association (ASA-United Kingdom).
" Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics in Postcolonial Kenya " 5th-6th September 2013: at the 5th Kenya Scholars & Studies Association Conference, Bowling Green State University.
" Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics in Postcolonial Kenya " 6th August 2013: Africa Research Forum, Department of History, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
" Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics in Postcolonial Kenya " 29th November to 1st December 2012: at the 55th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA), Philadelphia, PA.
" Kenyan ‘Procreatocracy?’ Ethnic politics and Tyranny of Numbers " 12th October 2013: the “African History Conference –Beyond the boundaries: Toyin Falola and African Historiography,” University of North Carolina Wilmington.
" Mchezo wa Siasa: A Critical Overview of the Politics of Soccer and Soccer in Kenyan Politics " 7th & 8th September, 2012: Kenya Scholars and Studies Association Conference (KESSA).
" Forgiving is the Easy Part: Settling Historical Injustices in Post-Conflict Contexts –The Case of Kenya and South Africa " 4th-6th March 2010: at the Public Forgiveness in Post-Conflict contexts Conference, Radboud University Nijmegen Center for Ethics, Nijmegen –The Netherlands.
" The application of Media for Peace Education: University Leadership " 28th -30th October, 2009: The 2nd UNESCO Global Forum on the Power of Peace, held in Bangkok, Thailand.
" The DNA of (Good) Leadership: Can we Decipher It? " 24th-28th June 2007: at the Human Rights and Creative Leadership Conference, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
" Crime and Punishment in Kenya " November 2005: Presented at the 3rd Strathmore University Conference on Politics and the Common Good.
" Capitalizing on Cultural Sensitivities: A Cultural Approach to Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Harmonious Co-existence " 22nd –26th June 2003: Presented at the SYLFF Conference on Multicuturalism: Capitalizing on the Wealth of Diversity, at the American University in Cairo, Cairo-Egypt.
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Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship: 17th May to 15th August 2018.
Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, CUNY-wide: Spring 2018.
The Robert and Wynona Wilkins Scholarship, WVU: 2013/2014.
The British Institute in Eastern Africa Research Grant, December: December 2012-February 2013.
The Rebecca D. and Henry E. Thornburg Doctoral Award, WVU: 2012-2013.
Department of History, Dissertation Fellowship Award: 2012.
WVU Chancellor’s Scholars Fellowship: 2011.
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Student Research Fund, West Virginia University: Summer 2010.
Rotary International World Peace Fellow: 2008.
Joint Initiatives Project Fund, The Tokyo Foundation/The Nippon Foundation: 2006.
Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF): 2002-2005.
: Spring 2018.
The Full Cycle 48 PSC-CUNY Research Foundation Grant, Jomo Kenyatta, a Man for All Seasons: Radical Rebel, Arbiter, Detainee and Conservative Statesman?. Spring/Summer 2017: $6,000.
WVU, Department of History, Dissertation Fellowship Award, Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics of Postcolonial Kenya. Summer 2013: $3,500.00.
British Institute in Eastern Africa Research Grant (BIEA), Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics of Postcolonial Kenya. December 2012-February 2013: $2,600.00.
WVU, Department of History, Dissertation Fellowship Award, Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity and Politics of Postcolonial Kenya. Summer 2012: $6,000.00.
Joint Initiatives Project Fund, The Tokyo Foundation/The Nippon Foundation, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN PROTECTED AREAS AND ITS IMPACT ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A Comparative Sustainable Development Research [The Mau Forest Complex (Kenya) and The Serra Da Estrela Natural Park (Portugal)]”. 2005/6: $6,000.00.
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Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Member of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR): Summer 2018-Present.
Blind peer-reviewer, South African Journal of Philosophy: Spring 2017-Present.
Blind Peer-reviewer, KESSA Review Journal: Fall 2017-Present.
Member of the African Studies Association: 2012-Present.
Member of the African Studies Association (UK): 2012-Present.
Member of the Kenya Scholars & Studies Association (KESSA): 2009-Present.
Member of the British Institute in Eastern Africa: 2012-Present.
Rotary International World Peace Fellow: 2008-Present.
Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow: 2002-Present.