KAMPALA — Prof Mahmood Mamdani, a leading Ugandan academic, author, and political commentator has been announced as the Kampala International University’s (KIU) new Chancellor.
Prof Mamdani who is also the director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), a Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the School Government at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and the Professor of Anthropology, Political Science and African Studies at Columbia University replaces Prof. JM Sebuwufu who has completed his tenure.
Prof. Mamdani specialises in the study of African and international politics, colonialism and post-colonialism, and the politics of knowledge production.
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.
His current research “takes as its point of departure his 1996 book, Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Colonialism.
He is married to Mira Nair, a film director and producer who he met in Kampala, Uganda, in 1989 when Nair was researching for her film, Mississippi Masala.