Scholar, writer, author
Hello and welcome to my website. I’m a Kenyan scholar and writer currently living and working in the United States. I’m looking forward to sharing my future stories as they come to fruition, but in the meantime, check out some of my featured publications and more personal blog posts below.
RECENT BOOKS AND ARTICLES
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RACE FOR SANCTIONS: AFRICAN AMERICANS AGAINST APARTHEID, 1946-1994. BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA: INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2004.
An important contribution to the political history of this period [and] a must for those interested in the influence of the great pan-Africanists." —Elliott P. Skinner
This study traces the evolution of the anti-apartheid movement from its origins in the 1940s through the civil rights and black power eras to its maturation in the 1980s as a force that transformed U.S. foreign policy. The movement initially met resistance and was soon repressed, only to reemerge during the civil rights era, when it became radicalized with the coming of the black freedom movement. The book looks at three important political groups: TransAfrica—the black lobby for Africa and the Caribbean; the Free South Africa Movement; and lastly the Congressional Black Caucus and its role in passing sanctions against South Africa over President Reagan’s veto. It concludes with an assessment of the impact of sanctions on the release of Nelson Mandela and his eventual election as president of South Africa.
SWAHILI CREOLIZATION AND POSTCOLONIAL IDENTITY IN EAST AFRICA
WIKILEAKS AND SOUTH AFRICA
Article published in The Wikileaks Files: The World According the U.S. Empire. London: Verso, 2015.
“REMAPPING KISWAHILI: A POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY OF LANGUAGE, IDENTITY AND AFRICANITY.”
Article published in Michel Ben Arrous and Lazare Ki-Zerbo, African Studies in Geography From Below. Dakar: Codesria, 2009. 105-131. If you liked my previous titles I guarantee you’ll love this one as well.
COMING TO TERMS WITH THE PAST: THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS
Published in Jones, Adam. Genocide War Crimes and West: History and Complicity. London: Zed Books, 2004 pp. 243-276
MIGRATION AND THE POLITICS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Article published in Elísio Salvado Macamo, ed., Negotiating Modernity: Africa’s Ambivalent Experience. London: Zed Press, 2005, pp. 122-140
RAP, RACE AND REPRESENTAITON
Published in in Oliker, M. and Krolikowski, S.J. eds. Images of youth: Popular culture as educational ideology. New York: Peter Lang, 2001. Pp. 151-184.
“THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS,”
Corinne Kumar Ed. Asking, we walk: South as New Political Imaginary. Streelekha Publications; 2nd edition (2011)
“THE RISE AND FALL OF APARTHEID.”
Published in Patrick Mason. Ed. Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2013. pp 153-161.
October 31, 2011
Kenya's invasion of Somalia, with U.S. support, is as ill-advised as the last time a U.S. ally tried to remake the fractured country by force.
June 29, 2010
A renewed engagement with the ICC suggests that the Obama administration is interested in shaping international law while remaining immune to prosecution under the very laws it helps develop.
August 21, 2009
Hillary Clinton tried to emphasize the importance of Africa during her recent trip, but only managed to emphasize how marginal the continent remains to U.S. foreign policy.
March 20, 2009
The Obama administration is going 3D: defense, diplomacy, and development. Is this a major shift from Bush-era doctrine or simply an updated version of the old counterinsurgency approach?