Githuku, Nicholas

Overview

Curriculum Vitae

  1. Education


    Degree Institution Field Dates
    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 
  2. Full-Time Academic Experience


    Institution Rank Field Dates
    York College, CUNY  Assistant Professor  African History  2014 to the present 
    West Virginia University  Graduate Instructor  World History (Segments I & II)  2009-2014 
  3. Part-Time Academic Experience


    Institution Rank Field Dates
    St Paul's University, Limuru-Kenya  Visiting Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow  Taught "Introduction to Political Science"  Summer 2018 
    West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling  Adjunct Faculty  Introduction to Social Sciences  Spring 2012 
    University of Nairobi  Assistant Lecturer  African History  2007-2009 
    Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies  Expert Research Consultant  “Managing Heritage, Building Peace”  2007-2009 
    Channel 4, United Kingdoms  Archival Researcher  Reverend David Steel: Empire’s Children Documentary Series  2006 
    Strathmore University  Researcher/Administrative Assistant  Programme in African Ideals and Institutions  2005-2006 
    Catholic University of Eastern Africa  Assistant Lecturer  African History  2004-2005 
    University of Nairobi  Totorial Fellow  African History  2002-2005 
           
  4. Non Academic Experience


    Place of Employment Title Date
    Foreign Policy in Focus –Africa (FPIF) of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C  Associate Policy Research & Advocacy Fellow  2011-2012 
  5. Employment Record At This Institution

    Rank Dates
    Assistant Professor  2014 to the present 
  6. Publications In Field Of Expertise

    1. Books:

      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.

    2. Papers in Professional Journals:
      1. Articles:
      2. Proceedings:
        1. Refereed Proceedings
        2. Non-Refereed Proceedings
    3. Chapters in Books:

      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.

    4. Government Reports or Monographs
    5. Book Reviews:
  7. Other Publications

    1. Books:
    2. Papers in Professional Journals:
      1. Articles:
      2. Proceedings:
        1. Refereed Proceedings
        2. Non-Refereed Proceedings
    3. Chapters in Books:
    4. Government Reports or Monographs
    5. Book Reviews:
  8. 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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  9. Patents

    None

  10. Work In Progress

    1. Books in progress:
    2. Papers in Progress:
    3. Papers submitted to journals for consideration:
    4. Research in progress:
  11. 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.

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  12. Grants-In-Aid

    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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  13. Institutional Service

    1. Service to the Department

      Student guidance and mentorship (including writing letters of reference): On-going.

      Contributed to the drafting/writing of the department's Academic Program Review (for 2015/2016): Spring 2016.

      Conducted first round of peer class teaching observation (of adjunct staff): Spring 2016.

      Convener of the Martin Atangana African & African American Public Lecture Series at York College, CUNY: Fall 2017-Present.

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    2. Service to the School
    3. Service to the College

      Convener of the Martin Atangana African & African American Public Lecture Series at York College, CUNY: Fall 2017-Present.

      Board Member College Association Committee: Fall 2017-Present.

      Spearheaded the history program assessment as the departmental liaison as part of York College’s Middle States Accreditation process: Fall 2016-Spring 2018.

      Member of the Academic Standards Committee: September 2015-Fall 2018.

      Member of the York College Teacher Education Unit Council (TEUC): August 2014-Present.

      College Curriculum Committee: August 2019-Present.

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    4. Service to the Graduate Center
    5. Service to the University
  14. Offices Held In Professional Societies

  15. 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.

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  16. Teaching Activities At This Institution

    1. Courses Taught (List)
      Course Description
       HIST 374  Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade 
       HIST 375  Decolonization in West Africa 
       HIST 275  African History until 1800 
       HIST 276  Modern Africa –1884 to the Present 
       HIST 108  Three Worlds: Europe, the Americas and the Third World in Modern Times. 
    2. New courses/programs developed (list):