Interests and Specialties

History of Development; activities of NGOs – Western and Islamic; Conflict and Peace; expansion of Islam; Refugees, Youth and Development

Current Projects

Editing an anthology on Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa; co-editing an edited volume (with Toyin Falola), on Perspectives on African Environment and Technology

Editorial Work

Editor, East Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences (EAJHS) published by the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi.

Book Reviews

Maurice N. Amutabi. Beyond Women’s Empowerment in Africa: Exploring Dislocation and Agency. By Elinami Veraeli Swai. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Pp. xv+220, price $ 85. ISBN: 9780230102484.pp. 15-8. 2012.

Prof. Maurice Amutabi is the author of 'The NGO Factor in Africa'. (described as a 'leading publication' on NGOs in Africa).

Book Chapters

  • Maurice N. Amutabi and Toyin Falola, “Preface,” in Toyin Falola and Maurice Amutabi (eds), Perspectives on African Environment, Science and Technology. Trenton New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2011.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi and Toyin Falola, “Introduction,” Toyin Falola and Maurice Amutabi (eds), Perspectives on African Environment, Science and Technology. Trenton New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2011.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi and Toyin Falola, “Traditional Architecture and Environmental Conservation among the Abaluyia of Western Kenya: Lessons for Contemporary Society” in Toyin Falola and Maurice Amutabi (eds), Perspectives on African Environment, Science and Technology. Trenton New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2011.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Conservation in Africa: The Case of the Abaluyia of Western Kenya.” in Toyin Falola and Emily Brownell (eds), Landscape, Environment and Technology in Colonial And Postcolonial Africa. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Matangazo ya biashara na jinsia: gender stereotypes and Advertisements in Kenya,” in Augustine Agwuele (ed). Development, modernism and modernity in Africa. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Identity, ‘Foreign-ness’, and the Dilemma of Immigrants at the Coast of Kenya: Interrogating the Myth of ‘Black Arabs’ among Kenyan Africans.” In Toyin Falola and Aribidesi Usman (eds), Movements, Borders, and Identities in Africa. New York: University of Rochester Press, 2009. Pp. 261-84.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Memory and Nostalgia in African American Identity: The Legacy of ‘Africanness’ in James Baldwin’s Fiction.” In Desire Baloubi (ed), The Africa We Know: Reading and Writing Across Disciplines in Africa and Liberal Studies Programs. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press Ltd, 2009. Pp.15-30.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Manhood, Masculinity and Honor in Africa: Interrogating Patriarchy and Initiation of the Abaluyia of Western Kenya.” In Desire Baloubi (ed), The Africa We Know: Reading and Writing Across Disciplines in Africa and Liberal Studies Programs. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press Ltd, 2009. Pp. 139-58.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Neither Bold nor Beautiful: Interrogating the Impact of Western Soap Operas on Africa.” In Toyin Falola and Augustine Agwuele (Eds.). Africans and the Politics of Popular Culture. New York: Rochester University Press, 2009. Pp. 76-92.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Introduction.”In Maurice N. Amutabi (ed). Studies in the Economic History of Kenya: Land, Water, Railways, Education, and Entrepreneurship. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 1-26.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Colonial Legacy and Underdevelopment in Northern Kenya.”Maurice N. Amutabi (ed). Studies in the Economic History of Kenya:  Land, Water, Railways, Education, and Entrepreneurship. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 169-92.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Market Women and International Trade in Kenya.”InMaurice N. Amutabi (ed). Studies in the Economic History of Kenya:  Land, Water, Railways, Education, and Entrepreneurship. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 287-317.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Water and Development in Kenya: Problems and Potential.” In Maurice N. Amutabi (ed). Studies in the Economic History of Kenya:  Land, Water, Railways, Education, and Entrepreneurship. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.  Pp. 355-389.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “The Livestock Sector in Kenya.”In Maurice N. Amutabi (ed). Studies in the Economic History of Kenya:  Land, Water, Railways, Education, and Entrepreneurship. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.  Pp. 461-99.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Kenya: Some Reflections.” In Maurice N. Amutabi (ed). Studies in the Economic History of Kenya:  Land, Water, Railways, Education, and Entrepreneurship. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 605-44.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, (with Moses Oketch) “Introduction.” Maurice N. Amutabi (co-editor with Moses Oketch). Studies in Lifelong Learning in Africa: From Ethnic Traditions to Technological Innovations. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 1-12.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Reflections on the Role of Lifelong Learning in Africa.” Maurice N. Amutabi (co-editor with Moses Oketch). Studies in Lifelong Learning in Africa: From Ethnic Traditions to Technological Innovations. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 13-36.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “A History of Lifelong Learning in Africa.” Maurice N. Amutabi (co-editor with Moses Oketch). Studies in Lifelong Learning in Africa: From Ethnic Traditions to Technological Innovations. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 55-92.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi, “Conclusion.” Maurice N. Amutabi (co-editor with Moses Oketch). Studies in Lifelong Learning in Africa: From Ethnic Traditions to Technological Innovations. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. 355-66.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. 2008. “The Politics of Deception, Survival and Oppression in Zimbabwe: Retrospection.” In Shadrack Nasong’o (Ed). The African Search for Stable Forms of Statehood: Essays in Political Criticism (New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). Pp. 263-304.
  •  Maurice N. Amutabi, “Recuperating Traditional Pharmacology and Healing among the Abaluyia of Western Kenya.” In Toyin Falola and Matthew Heaton (eds), Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2008. Pp. 149-170.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Intellectuals and the Democratization Process in Kenya” in S. W Nasong’o and Godwin R. Murunga. (Eds). Kenya:  The Struggle for Democracy. London: Zed Books, 2007. Pp. 197-226.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Identity, ‘Foreignness’ and the Dilemma of Immigrants at the Coast of Kenya: Interrogating the Myth of ‘Black Arabs’ among Kenyan Africans,” Chapter 12. In Movements, Borders, and Identities in Africa. Edited by Toyin Falola and Aribidesi Usman. Rochester: Rochester University Press, 2009. Pp. 205-46.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Power and Influence of African Court Clerks and Translators in Colonial Kenya: The Case of Khwisero Native (African) Court, 1946 –1956,” in Emily Osborn; Benjamin Lawrance and Richard Roberts (eds). Intermediaries, Interpreters and Clerks: African Employees and the Making of Colonial Africa: Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. Pp. 202-219.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. (With Prof. Mary Lutta-Mukhebi) “Women and Mining in Kenya: The Case of Mukibira Mines in Vihiga District: Twentieth Century Developments and Colonial Traditions.” In Jaclyn C. Viskovatoff and Laurie Mercier. (Eds). Mining Women: Gender in the Development of a Global Industry, 1700-2000. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, 2006. Pp. 345-57.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi.  “Transient, Mobile 'Nations' and the Dilemma of Nationhood in the Horn of Africa: Interrogating Nomadic Pastoralists, Insecurity and the Uncertainty of Belonging” (Chapter 8). In East Africa: In Search of National and Regional Renewal, edited by Felicia Arudo Yieke. Dakar, Senegal: CODESRIA Publications, 2005. Pp.45-56.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Captured and Steeped in Colonial Dynamics and Legacy: The Case of Isiolo Town in Kenya,” in Steven Salm and Toyin Falona (Eds). African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspectives. New York: University of Rochester Press, 2005. Pp. 213-242.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Small Arms, Cattle Raiding and Borderlands: The Ilemi Triangle”(Chapter Seven), in Willem van Schendel and Itty Abraham Itty (eds) Illicit Flows and Criminal Things: States, Borders, and the Other Side of Globalization Bloomington:Indiana University Press, 2005 (with Kenneth Inyani Simala). Pp. 201-225.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. "Globalization and the Mainstreaming of Kiswahili Research in the Twenty-First Century," in Kenneth I. Simala (ed). Utafiti wa Kiswahili (Kiswahili Research). Eldoret, Kenya: Moi University Press, 2004. Pp.43-48.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. "Cultural History of the Abaluyia: The Role of Traditional Music," in William R. Ochieng' (ed). 2002. Historical Studies and Social Change in Western Kenya. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers. Pp. 71-83.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. "The role of Traditional Music in the writing of Cultural History: The Case of the Abaluyia of Western Kenya," in Toyin Falola and Christian Jennings (eds.). Africanizing Knowledge: African Studies Across the Disciplines. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2002. Pp.191-207.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. "The Politics of GNP and GDP and their Implications for Africa," in P.G. Okoth. (Ed). Africa in the Twenty-First Century: Problems and Prospects. Pp.56-71 Nairobi, Kenya: University of Nairobi Press, 2000. Pp. 269-285.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi.  “Globalization and Higher Education in Africa: Problems and Prospects,” in Van DerDyke (Ed) Globalization and Education in Africa, Conference Proceedings. Johannesburg: Horizon Publishers, 1997. Pp. 1-7.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Plight of Adult Education in Kenya,” in Shirley Walters (Ed) Globalization, Adult Education and Training: Impacts and Issues, London/New York: Zed Books, 1997. Pp. 196-200.
  • Maurice N. Amutabi. “Introduction,” in Shirley Walters (Ed) Globalization, Adult Education and Training: Impacts and Issues, London/New York: Zed Books, 1997, Pp. 1-12.
  •  Maurice N. Amutabi. “Federalism as a Solution to Tribalism” in B.A. Ogot (ed) Ethnicity, Nationalism and Democracy in Africa, Kisumu: Maseno University Press, 1996. Pp.176 – 86.
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