Dr. Moses Onyango

Assistant Professor of Political Studies
onyangom@usiu.ac.ke    |     +254 730 116 698

Areas of interest/specialization: Political Thought; Politics of Kenya; Comparative Politics; International Relations Theory

Current areas of Research Interest: Radicalization, Violent Extremism; Terrorism; Community Policing; False Conscious and African Studies; UN; AU;RECs; IGAD; EAC; Kenya.


Dr. Moses Onyango is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of International Relations, Chair, International Relations (IR) Department and Programme Leader, MA in International Relations. He is also the Director, Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IPPIA).

Dr. Onyango holds a BA degree in International Relations (USIU-San Diego, USA), MA degree in International Studies (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa), MSc degree in Leadership, Security and Society (King’s College, London, UK) and a PhD in Political Studies (University of Johannesburg, South Africa).

He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (York St. John University, York, UK). Moses is a member of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He is a Political Scientist with expertise in teaching and research in violence, gender, youth, environment, integration and cooperation within the East and Horn of Africa, Great Lakes Region and Southern Africa. He has strong leadership skills in International Relations, security and society.

He has over 16 years of teaching, administrative and research experience at university level. His current areas of research interest include application of political and International Relations theories; understanding the state of violent extremism strategies and programmatic responses at regional and national level; the role and impact of international organization theory; regional cooperation, and integration within the context of Africa and selected areas in the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and Kenya.

Academic Degrees:
  • 2018-2021 - PhD in Political Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa,
  • 2014-2015 - MSc., in Leadership, Security and Society, Kings College London,
  • 2000-2002 - MA in International Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa,
  • 1993-1996 - BA degree in International Relations, United States International University, San Diego, USA
  • 2009; Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, York St. John University, UK, 2009


Journal Articles

  • Omenma, J. Tochukwu and Onyango, Moses. (2020). African Union Counterterrorism Frameworks and implementation trends among member states of the East African Community. India Quarterly. Sage publisher.

Book Chapters

  • Obika, J. and Onyango, M. (2021) Democratic overstay and the revolting constituency: the EU at the crossroads in (East) Africa. In Trouille, JM, Trouille, H., Uwimbabazi, P. (Eds.). The East African Community, Intra-regional integration, and relation with the EU. Routledge: London.
  • Onyango, M. (2015) Post- Colonial Politics in Kenya, The crisis of post coloniality, Omeje, K. ed (CODESRIA).
  • Onyango, M. (2002) The post-Cold War Zimbabwe’s Foreign Policy and foreign-policy making Process, Adar, K. and Ajulu, M. (eds.), Globalisation and Emerging Trends in African States’ Foreign Policy-Making Process: A Comparative Perspective of Southern Africa – The Making of Modern Africa. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Other Relevant Publications

  • Onyango, M and Patel, J. (2021). Human development as a pathway to transformed peaceful societies, trends from Kenya’s ungoverned spaces. IJR
  • Patel, J and Onyango, M (23 October 2021). Pockets of instability in kenya are underpinned by unequal development. Mail & Guardian.
  • Onyango, M (2021). The justice and reconciliation imperatives in the Tigrayan-Ethiopian war. Policy Brief. UBALF.
  • Onyango, M. (2015, August). ‘After Years of Progress, Kenya at a Crossroads’. IPI, Global Observatory: http://theglobalobservatory.org/2015/08/kenya-obama-kenyatta-al-shabaab/
  • Williams, M. (2015). ‘Marginalization Lies at Heart of Kenya’s Insecurity: Q&A with Moses Onyango’. IPI Global Observatory. https://theglobalobservatory.org/2015/08/kenya-somalia-al-shabaab-radicilizationgarissa/
  • Onyango, M. and Trouille, J.M. (2015, November) ‘Politics trumps economics in regional integration in Africa’, Contribution to Global observatory, IPI, New York, 6th November 2015 http://theglobalobservatory.org/2015/11/ecowas-eac-africa-tripartite-free-trade-area/
  • Onyango, M. and Trouille, JM. (2015) ‘Schengen and Free Circulation at the Crossroads: Lessons for the East African Community?’ Contribution to STRIFE, Kings College London, http://strifeblog.org/2015/10/06/schengen-and-free-circulation-at-the-crossroads-lessons-for-the-east-african-community/
  • Onyango, M. (2014) ‘Spotlight on the East African Community: Word from an Expert – Commentary’. IRIS Executive, Spotlight on East African Business & Investment Frontiers, May-June 2014, 39.
  • Onyango, M. and Trouille, J. M. (2015) ‘Schengen and the Refugee crisis: Lessons for the East African Community’, guest contribution to EU-Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management, European Notepad, disseminated by ideasoneurope.eu (UACES),
  • Onyango, M. (2011) “Nyanza”, Invisible Violence (a Konrad publication)
  • Onyango, M. (2007) “Africans have to change their attitudes for MDGs to work,” Countdown to 2015. South Africa: Inter Press Service News Agency.
  • Onyango, M. (2002) In Breach of Social contract: The Sudanese Civil War, Vincent, M. (ed), Wars in Africa. Africa Debate No3, Portugal.

Book/ Article Reviews

  • Reviewed Book in African Review of Foreign Policy volume 4, May 2006 Number 1. Nairobi: USIU. “David J Francis (ed.). Civil Militia: Africa’s Intractable Security Menace. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.
  • Reviewed an article in the Political Studies Review Journal, 2013 VOL 11, 228–310. “The New Scramble for Africa by Padraig Carmody. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011.

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