UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Nicholas K. Githuku

Nicholas K. Githuku, Ph.D.

Nicholas K. Githuku, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of African History, York College, CUNY

  • PhD, African History, West Virginia University
  • Rotary International Mid-professional Certificate in Peace, Development and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok-Thailand
  • MA, Armed Conflict and Peace Studies (History), University of Nairobi 
  • BA, Political Science & Public Administration and History, University of Nairobi

Notable Awards

  • Rotary International World Peace Fellow
  • PSC-CUNY Research Foundation Full Award for Jomo Kenyatta, a Man for All Seasons: Radical Rebel, Arbiter, Detainee and Conservative Statesman
  • Rebecca D. and Henry E. Thornburg Doctoral Award, WVU

Nicholas K. Githuku, assistant professor of African History at York College (CUNY), is the author of Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity, and Politics of Postcolonial Kenya. His work focuses on Eastern Africa in general, and contemporary political history of Kenya in particular. His research interests include the history of capitalism; British national and imperial history; the intricate, inescapable and dialectical link between power or government legitimacy and resistance in the generic African state; and military, and (colonial and postcolonial) legal, history.

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

History and evolution of the African state; philosophy of history; history of political ideas; human rights, development and democratic governance issues in Africa south of the Sahara; auto/biography theory and history; military history/evolution of international law of war (memory and memorialization of war).