The School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted Professor Nic Cheeseman (Professor of Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham) for a guest lecture on “Writing a Scholarly Paper for Publication and how to get Published” on Tuesday, August 1 in the DVC-ASA Boardroom.

Professor Cheeseman who works in the fields of comparative politics and development with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and processes of democratization, has undertaken extensive research addressing a range of questions such as whether populism is an effective strategy of political mobilization, how paying tax changes citizens' attitudes towards democracy and corruption, and the conditions under which ruling parties lose power.

In 2008, his doctoral thesis, "The Rise and Fall of Civil Authoritarianism in Africa", won the Arthur McDougall Dissertation Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for the best dissertation on elections, electoral systems or representation. Meanwhile, a recent article, 'Ethnopopulism in Africa: Opposition Mobilization in Diverse and Unequal Societies' [with Miles Larmer] won the Frank Cass Award for the Best Article Published in Democratization (2015).

In addition to these articles, Professor Cheeseman has also published a number of edited collections including Our Turn To Eat: Kenyan Politics Since 1950 (2010), The Handbook of African Politics (2013), and African Politics: Major Works (2016). His first monograph, Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures and the Struggle for Political Reform was published in March 2015 by Cambridge University Press (CUP). A second monograph, How to Rig An Election, is currently under contract with Yale, while a further edited collection on the importance of formal political institutions in Africa is under contract at CUP.

To date, he has raised over £2 million in research funding for a range of projects including two current Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)- funded studies of the impact of elections in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda and presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and Post-communist Europe. At the same time, he runs a collaborative research program with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy on the Political Economy of Democracy Promotion and is part of the Media, Conflict and Democratization research consortium that is funded by the European Union.

Prof. Nic Cheeseman was invited to speak to the graduate and doctoral students who are commencing their process of preparing academic papers for publishing in peer-reviewed journals. In his lecture, Prof. Cheeseman began with emphasizing the importance of choosing a topic that is within the author's niche, and a style that matches the topic being tackled. He requested his audience to select a journal that focuses on the selected area of interest, based on the journal's previously published articles, and its editors’ published interests.  Finally, Prof. Cheeseman underlined the need for a strong introduction if the academic paper is to be seriously considered for publishing.

The Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Tom Onditi who also attended the lecture, thanked Prof. Cheeseman for sparing the time to speak to the students and faculty, while International Relations Program Director Dr. Fatma Ali agreed that there was a significant need for further seminars on academic writing, inviting Prof. Cheeseman back on campus to share his broad academic publishing experience with the students and faculty.
USIU-Africa’s digital repository jumped nine places to emerge third in the latest rankings of the Webometrics Institutional Repository rankings released this month. The repository, which is home to all academic writings produced by students, staff and faculty.

A political communication research conducted by Dr. Kioko Ireri, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and Jimmy Ochieng, a graduate student (MA in Communication Studies) has been featured in three national newspapers (Daily Nation, People Daily, and The Star) – in the last one week.

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Mr. Fred Gituku (HR Manager, VIVO Energy – KE) spoke on “Ethics in the Workplace” to members of the Senior Experience (SENEX 4800) class taught by Ms. Christine Muthama on Tuesday, July 11.


In pursuit of a core university outcome – preparedness for career - the Placement and Career Services Office organized for two guest lectures for members of the Senior Experience (SENEX 4800) and the Investments (FIN4030) classes, on Thursday, July 11.

Radio and television journalist Mrs. Amina Abdi Rabar, was hosted at the Lillian K. Beam’s TV studio by the USIU 99.9 FM team on Wednesday July 26, as part of the station’s Radio Mentorship Program.

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Students participate in an art therapy class led by Doctor of Psychology PsyD, Clinical Psychology student Ms. Nyawira Kuria (right) on Tuesday, July 25 in a Counseling Center meeting room located in the Freida Brown Student Center.


Photo: Antonio Longangi

The final session of this semester’s art therapy was held on Tuesday, July 25 in the Counseling Center’s group meeting room. Art therapy is a form of self-expression utilizing the creative process of drawing, coloring and other forms of modeling, as a way of improving a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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Principal Fundraising Officer Mr. Eannes Ongus delivers his official address during the Thanksgiving Ceremony at Roysambu Primary School on Friday, July 21.

On Friday, July 21, Principal Fundraising Officer Mr. Eannes Ongus represented the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza during the thanksgiving ceremony at Roysambu Primary School. The annual event is held to thank the School’s parents, teachers, students and other partners for their support during the previous 12 months.

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Members of the winning rugby team pose with their Kings of Rugby trophy they recently won following the conclusion of the five-round tournament. From left:  Dr. Maina Muniafu (Team Patron), Assistant Coach Tom Lagat, Dennis Lumumba (IR Sophomore), Aggrey Oguna (IBA Freshman), Alex Kamau (IBA Junior), Godfrey Kiragu (Journalism Junior), Musa Shaban (IBA Sophomore), Kimanzi Marty (APT Sophomore), Joe Awuori (IR Freshman), Junior Onyango (IR Junior), Kevin Rono (IR Senior), Dennis Lusweti (APT Sophomore), Wilfred Odhiambo (IBA Sophomore), Kaimenyi Moses (IBA Feshman), Peter Mburu (Team Manager), Martin Juma (IR Freshman) and Mr. Bonface Salano (Senior Students Affairs Officer).

The USIU-Africa rugby team collected their first universities rugby title this year when they reached the semi-final of the University of Nairobi round of the Kings of Rugby tournament. The team’s two wins and three semi-final appearances were more than enough to lead the squad to their first ever Kings of Rugby tournament title, displacing 2016 winners Mount Kenya University.

The men’s hockey team has completed the first leg of the Kenya Hockey Union Men’s Premier League with a win against Chase Sailors (2-1) on Wednesday, July 26 at the City Park Stadium.