Prof. Njoroge, Martin C.

Professor and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences    |     +254 730 116 634


Prof. Martin C. Njoroge, a Professor of Languages & Linguistics, holds PhD in Linguistics (Kenyatta University), Master of Arts in Linguistics (Kenyatta University), Master of Arts in Leadership (Pan Africa Chrisian University) and Bachelor’s of Education degree (Hons) (Kenyatta University) and is Professor and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences – United States International University - Africa.

Prof. Njoroge is a former Postdoctoral fellow and visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, and a former International Institute of Education IIE-SRF fellow (USA). He is an accomplished scholar, educationist and researcher and has conducted extensive research and published on Multilingual Education, English language teaching, sociolinguistics and leadership. He is also a peer reviewer for the Commission for University Education. He has lectured in several universities, both in Kenya and in the USA.

Professor Njoroge sits on several educational and editorial boards, both nationally and internationally. He is passionate about community engagement and the inculcation of values among the citizens.

Academic Degrees:

  • 2007-2009: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
  • 2006: PhD in Languages and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2021: Master of Arts in Leadership, Pan Africa Christian University, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 1996: Master of Arts in Languages and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 1990: Bachelors of Education (Hons.), Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.


Journal Articles

  • Kiguru Gatitu, Ogutu Emily & Martin C. Njoroge (2019). Speech Act Functions in Cross Examination Discourse in the Kenyan Courtroom. International Journal of Language & Law (JLL)
  • Martin C. Njoroge. (2018). Rural-Urban Dichotomy and Linguistic Variability: Evidence from English Language as Spoken by Teachers in Kenya. The PAC University Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, 2 (1), 97-118.
  • Martin C. Njoroge, (2017). The Efficacy of Using Mother Language in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science in Primary Schools: Evidence from Grade One Classrooms in Kenya. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research Volume 4, Issue 8, pp. 133-150
  • Martin C. Njoroge. & Gathigia, M.G. (2017). The Treatment of Indigenous Languages in Kenya’s Pre- and Post-Independent Education Commissions and in the Constitution of 2010. Advances in Language and Literary Studies. (Vol 7 No.2) ISSN 2203-4714.
  • Moses Gathigia Ruth W. Ndungu & Martin C. Njoroge. (2015). Sexual Intercourse
  • Euphemisms in the Gikuyu Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach. University of Nairobi Journal of Languages and Linguistics Vol 4.
  • Martin C. Njoroge, Phyllis W. Mwangi, Ruth W. Ndungu & Daniel O. Orwenjo. (2014). Multilingualism and education: The critical nexus. Multilingual Education Journal, Amsterdam: Springer Education Publishers.
  • Kioko, A., Ndungu, R., Njoroge, M.C. & Mutiga, J. (2014) Mother Tongue and Education in Africa: Publicising the Reality. Multilingual Education Journal, 4:18 doi:10.1186/s13616-014-0018-x.
  • Phyllis W. Mwangi, Martin C. Njoroge & Edina Gesare Mose (2013). Harmonizing the Orthographies of Bantu Languages: The Case of Gky and Ekegusii in Kenya. Journal of Linguistics, University of Nairobi. 2013. ISSN: 224-1655.
  • Martin C. Njoroge & Jia Bingbo (2012): Utilizing Phonological Knowledge of Previously Learned African Languages to Enhance Acquisition of Chinese Phonology. Confucius Institute Journal Vol. 21, 14-21 July 2012 ISSN 1674-1781/CN 11-5658/C
  • Martin C. Njoroge and Moses Gatambuki (2012). Teachers’ Perceptions on the Use of African Languages in the Curriculum: A Case Study of Schools in Kenya, East Africa. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages Vol. 10, 57-82 Fall 2012


  • Kebaya, C., Owino, B., Martin C. Njoroge & Mose, P. (2020). Understanding Literature: A workbook for secondary schools. Nairobi: One Planet Publishers.
  • Martin C. Njoroge. & Njoka, M. (2019). Mandarin Chinese for Grade 4. Nairobi: One Planet Publishers.
  • Bukenya, A., Kioko, A. Njeng’ere, D., Martin C. Njoroge. & Kabaji E. (2018). Test it Fix it. KCSE Revision English (Third Edition). Nairobi, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195738117.
  • Martin C. Njoroge, Pasomi Mucha & Austin Bukenya. Spot on Oral Skills for Secondary Schools. Nairobi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195741728.
  • D. Orwenjo, Martin C. Njoroge, P.W. Mwangi and R. W. Ndung’u (eds.). (2014) Multilingualism and Education in Africa: The State of the State of the Art. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
  • Jia Bingbo, Xu Xiu, Li Shuo, Liu Liming, Lu Ming & Martin C. Njoroge. Tourism Chinese in Kenya. Nairobi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195739565.
  • Kioko, A. N., Mbori, B., Kitetu, C., Ongarora, D., Buliba, F., Mworia, F., Chai, F., Babusa, H., Mwaliwa, H., Chacha, L., Saidi, Martin C. Njoroge, M., Lonyangapuo, M., Njoka, M., Ndung’u, R. and Ogechi, N. (2012b). A unified orthography for Bantu languages of Kenya. Cape Town: CASAS.
  • Bukenya, A., Kioko, A. Njeng’ere, D., Martin C. Njoroge. & Kabaji E. (2012) Test it Fix it. KCSE Revision English. Nairobi, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195738117.
  • Bukenya, A., Kioko, A. & Martin C. Njoroge. (2012) Spot on Writing Skills for Secondary Schools. Nairobi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195738124.

Book Chapters

  • Joshua Itumo & Martin C. Njoroge (Forthcoming). The Kenyan English accent: Segmental features. In M. Michieka & E. Mecha (eds.) English in Kenya: Domains of use, forms, and attitudes towards Kenyan English in the 21st century. 9781793641083.indb 27.
  • Martin C. Njoroge & Augustus Nyakundi (Forthcoming). Navigating Communication Difficulties Faced by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence from Kenya. In Ulrike, M. L., Edward Kija & Mathew Karia (eds.) Handbook of speech – language therapy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Netherlands: Springer Publishers.
  • G. Kiguru, E. Ogutu & Martin C. Njoroge (2016). Interpretation of Judicial Settings. In H. Kebeya, M. Osore, P. Ngugi and C. Kebaya (eds.) Language and Translation: Theory, Pedagogy and Practice. Nsenia Inc, Publishers:
  • Martin C. Njoroge & Gladys Gakenia (2014) “How do we tell them?” Ensuring reproductive health among adolescents in Kenya. In Mbugua, M.& Gona, G. (eds.) (RE)membering Kenya. Nairobi, Twaweza Communication.
  • Martin C. Njoroge, Ruth W. Ndung’u & Moses G. Gathigia (2014). “Our teacher doesn’t speak like theirs”: Analysis of variations in the spoken English of teachers in multilinguals settings in Kenya, Africa. In D. Orwenjo, M. C. Njoroge, P.W. Mwangi and R. W. Ndung’u (eds.), Multilingualism and Education in Africa: The State of the State of the Art. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
  • Beth Njeri Ngugi, Daniel O. Orwenjo, & Martin C. Njoroge (2013). Enhancing vocabulary learning in Kenya's ESL classrooms. In John W. Schwieter Studies and global perspectives of second language teaching and learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Angelina Nduku Kioko, Martin C. Njoroge & Peter Mburu Kuria (2012), Harmonising the Orthography of Gikuyu and Kikamba. In N. Ogechi, J.A. Ngala Oduor (Eds.). The Harmonization and Standardization of Kenyan Languages: Orthography and other aspects (pp. 39-63). Cape Town, SA: CASAS.
  • Martin C. Njoroge. (2012). The inferior stone in the language hearth: The quest for recognition of indigenous African languages in the global arena. In Languages in African Performing and visual arts. New Haven, CT, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Martin C. Njoroge, Purity Kimani, & Bernard J. Kikech (2011), New Media in Kenya: Putting Ethnicity in Perspective In David Wachanga (ed) Cultural Identity and New Communication Technologies, Political, Ethnic and Ideological Implications, Hershey, Pennyslavania, USA. IGI Global Publishers, 2011, ISBN 978-1-609-60591-9
  • Martin C. Njoroge and Ruth W. Ndung’u (2009). Learners' Acquisition of English Vocabulary: Challenges and Implications for Classroom Teaching Practice. In Leketi Makalela (ed.) Language Teacher Research in Africa. Virginia: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. ISBN 978-1-931-18554-7.

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

  • Variationist sociolinguistics
  • Multilingual education
  • English Language teaching
  • Linguistics fields methods
  • Phonology
  • Strategic leadership.

Course Teaching:

  • ENG 2206: Composition 2
  • ENG 1106: Composition 1
  • ENG 0999 – Basic Reading and Composition