KIU appoints Prof Mamdani its new chancellor


Kampala International University (KIU) has announced the appointment of Prof. Mahmood Mamdani as Chancellor.

His appointment follows a successful end of tenure of Prof J. M. P. Sebuwufu, who has served diligently and with total commitment, for which the University is greatly appreciative.


HIGHER EDUCATION: Ph.D. Harvard University Government 1969-74 Cambridge, M.A., U.S.A.

Victoria University

PRESENT POSITION 1) Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Anthropology / MESAAS, Columbia University, New York, 1999 to present 2) Director and Professor, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 2010 to present

PUBLICATIONS IN FIELD OF EXPERTISE SELECTED BOOKS 2020 – Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, November printing

2017- Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (with a new preface), Princeton University Press, Wits University Press, Jo’berg and MISR Book Series, Kampala First Published, 1996, Princeton University Press

2012- Define and Rule: Native As Political Identity, Cambridge: Harvard University Press

2009 – Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, New York: Pantheon Books

2007- Scholars in the Marketplace: The Dilemmas of Neo-liberal Reforms at Makerere University, 1989-2005, Kampala: Fountain Press; and Dakar: CODESRIA

2004 – Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror, New York: Pantheon Books; (Translations available in German, Finnish, Japanese, Turkish, Bengali, French, and Malyalam)

2001- When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Geno-cide in Rwanda, Princeton: Princeton University Press; Cape Town: David Phillip; Kampala: Fountain; and London: James Currey.


2017 – Corresponding Fellow, British Academy

2012 – Chair, Aga Khan Architecture Jury Award Geneva, Switzerland

2011- Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award Columbia University, New York

2010 – Nominated as Member of Advisory Group of Eminent Persons, United Nations High Commission for Refugees [UNHCR]

2010 – Recipient of Honorary Doctorate University of Johannesburg, South Africa

2010 – Recipient of Honorary Doctorate Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

2008 – Ranked 9th among “The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy (USA) and Prospect (UK)

2002 – Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism nominated ‘One of Africa’s Hundred Best Books for the 20th Century’ by a Pan-African Jury of 15 emi-nent persons set up at the 1998 Zimbabwe International Book Fair

2001 – Invited to present one of nine papers at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium on “The Conflicts of the 20th Century and the Solutions for the 21st Century,” Oslo, December 6-8

1999 – University of Cape Town Book Award for Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism

1997 – The Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association of USA “for the best scholarly work on Africa published in English in the previous year,” for Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism

1991- Fellow, African Academy of Sciences   The Board of Trustees, University Council, University Senate and Management, Student Guild Union, staff, students and all KIU stakeholders wish to congratulate Prof. Mamdani for the appointment as Chancellor.

The entire KIU community warmly welcomes Prof. Mahmood Mamdani. There is no doubt that the choice of Prof. Mamdani is meritorious and well deserving.

He has influenced global higher education and other aspects of human development.

KIU will immensely benefit from his rich academic, professional and international repute.

KIU remains the leading Private University in Uganda.



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