Kampala International University appoints Prof. Mahmood Mamdani as new Chancellor

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Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, the director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) has been appointed the new chancellor of Kampala International University.

The University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo confirmed the development, saying the decorated academician is coming with a lot to add to the leading private university in the nation.

Mahmood Mamdani, (born 23 April 1946) is a Ugandan academic, author, and political commentator.

He is the director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and the Professor of Anthropology, Political Science and African Studies at Columbia University.

Mamdani is a third-generation Ugandan of Indian ancestry. He was born in Mumbai and grew up in Kampala. Both his parents were born in the neighboring Tanganyika Territory (present-day Tanzania).

He was educated at the Government Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Government Primary School in Masaka, K.S.I. Primary School in Kampala, Shimoni and Nakivubo Government Primary Schools in Kampala, and Old Kampala Senior Secondary School.

His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights.

Prof. Mamdani was also recently appointed a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).


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