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Maina wa Mutonya

Researcher, African and African Diaspora Studies, National School of Anthropology and History

Maina wa Mũtonya is a researcher on African Studies. He holds a PhD in African Literature and Cultures from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He writes largely on literature, popular culture and politics in Africa and a strong advocate of African languages.


  • 2017–2022
    Adjunct professor/Researcher, ENAH
  • 2015–2017
    Senior lecturer, Pwani University
  • 2009–2013
    Research professor, El Colegio de Mexico


  • 2006 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Ph. D.
  • 2001 
    University of the Witwatersrand, M.A


  • 2018
    Music and Dance Research in East Africa.,
  • 2018
    Dancing to the Marriage Beat(ing): The Gender Debate in a Gĩkũyũ Popular Music Discourse,
  • 2017
    Imagining the Nation in the Kenyan Constitution: Reflections on Cultural Expressions,, Jahazi
  • 2013
    The Politics of Everyday Life in Gĩkũyũ Popular Music (1990-2000),

Professional Memberships

  • Director, Graduate Students Outreach, International Council of Educational Professionals (ICEP)