USIU-Africa Chancellor Congratulates Communication Studies Student for Publishing Book Chapter

By Kioko Ireri
USIU-Africa Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria has congratulated graduate student Jimmy Ochieng on being an author in a book chapter published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics.
In his congratulatory letter delivered through Professor Ruthie Rono (Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs), Dr. Chandaria writes: “This is a great achievement both for you and for USIU-Africa”. Jimmy is pursuing MA in Communication Studies in the Department of Journalism & Corporate Communication. He is expecting to graduate in September.
Published early last month, Jimmy’s chapter is titled “East Africa: Regional Politics and Dynamics”. It is co-authored with Walter O. Oyugi, a retired Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at University of Nairobi. Focusing on Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the authors point out that the three countries inherited similar political systems and all governance institutions at the sub-territorial level operated in line with centrally determined guidelines.
The encyclopedia is a collection of best scholars working on Africa on a variety of issues within the rubric of politics in the continent. It provides a comprehensive examination of the key issues and debates within the study of African politics.
In January this year, Jimmy jointly with Dr. Kioko Ireri (Chair Department of Journalism & Corporate Communication) and fellow student Alex Roberts published a research paper titled “An Exploratory Study on Knowledge Gap in Public Affairs among Kenyans in African Journalism Studies. He is also a co-author with Dr. Ireri (his thesis supervisor) of a forthcoming research paper titled “Politicians in Newspaper News: Who Attracts Coverage in Kenyan Politics” to be published International Journal of Press/Politics published by Sage and previously owned by Harvard University.

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