Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences    |     +254 730 116 411
Areas of interest/specialization: African economic history; Intellectual history; Development studies; Gender studies; human rights; and Diaspora studies.


Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has worked at several universities in the Caribbean, Kenya, Canada, and the United States and held distinguished academic appointments and administrative positions. Professor Zeleza’s academic work has crossed traditional boundaries, ranging from economic and intellectual history to human rights, gender studies and diaspora studies. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, short stories and online essays and authored or edited 27 books, several of which have won international awards. He has worked as a consultant with various philanthropic foundations and UN agencies. His research project on the African academic diaspora conducted for the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2011-12 led to the establishment of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program in 2013. He is a past president of the U.S. African Studies Association (2008-2009).

Academic Degrees ;

PhD, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1982.

MA, University of London, United Kingdom, 1978.

BA (with Distinction), University of Malawi, 1976.


Journal Articles

“Africa’s Persistent Struggles for Development and Democracy in a Multipolar World,” Canadian Journal of African Studies 2019.

“Positioning Universities as Engines of Innovation for Sustainable Development and Innovation,” Journal of Higher Education in Africa, 2019.

Reckoning with the Pasts and Reimagining the Futures of African Studies for the 21st Century (Social Science Research Council, February 2019).


In Search of African Diasporas: Testimonies and Encounters, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2012.

Africa’s Resurgence: Domestic, Global and Diaspora Transformations. Los Angeles: Tsehai Publishers, 2014.

The Transformations of Global Higher Education: 1945-2015, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Book Chapters;

“Africa’s Renewal: The Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainability and Leadership,” in Chris Landsberg, editor, Africa Rise Up! Perspectives on African Renewal, Johannesburg: Real African Publishers, 2017: 37-68.

“The Disruptions of Higher Education: Prognoses for the Future,” Internationalization of Higher Education: A Handbook, edited by the International Association of Universities, Berlin: Duz Academic Publishers, 2016: 15-32.

“The Protracted Transitions in Kenya: From the First to the Second Republic,” in Godwin Murunga, Duncan Okello and Anders Sjögren, eds., Kenya: the struggle for a new constitutional order. London and Uppsala: Zed Press and Nordic Africa Institute, 2014: 17-43.


Africa’s International Relations

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