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University of Vienna, Department of African Studies
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African history, Kenyan history, Presidentialism, Decolonization, African women's history, Biography
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About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for African Studies, University of Vienna (Austria). A passionate historian, I am currently working on the incredible lives of the first Kenyan women who campaigned for a parliamentary seat in the 1960s-1970s, a time that when politics remained an essentially male field.

Originally trained as a political scientist in Sciences Po Paris, I started specializing in African studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) and completed my Ph.D. at the  Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). My first book, Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years (1958-1878) (Cambridge University Press, 2020). analyzes the making of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta as well as the roots of presidential powers in postcolonial Kenya.

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Recent Publications

Power and the Presidency: The Jomo Kenyatta Years. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

“Wangari Maathai” in Women Who Changed the World, ed. by Candice Goucher (ABC-Clio). Peer reviewed. To be published.

“Kenyan Political Autobiographies and the Revival of a Masculine Authority” in Gender & Authority, ed. by Adele Bardazzi and Alberica Bazzoni (Routledge). Peer reviewed. To be published.

Jomo Kenyatta and the Repression of the “Last” Mau Mau Leaders, 1961-65,” Journal of Eastern African Studies 11 no. 3, 442-459. Peer reviewed. 2017

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Emancipation, Gender, Government, Politics, Women