Dr. Kithinji is an associate professor of history and co-director of the African and African-American Studies program at the University of Central Arkansas. His research and teaching interests are in colonial and postcolonial Africa, education and intellectual history, policy history, and pan-Africanism and African Diaspora.
In addition to his recent book, The State and the University Experience in East Africa: Colonial Foundations and Post-Colonial Transformation in Kenya, (University of South Africa Press, 2018), he is also the co-editor of the two volume Kenya After 50: Reconfiguring Historical, Political, and Policy Milestones (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Kenya After 50: Reconfiguring Education, Gender, and Policy, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). His other publications appear in the Canadian Journal of African Studies, OFO: Journal of Transatlantic Studies, and The Dictionary of African Biography.
He is a recipient of the Ohio Academy of History 2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Bowling Green State University Graduate College’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2010-11, and the Bowling Green State University History Department’s Friedman Dissertation Award for 2010-2011.