Prof. Wangari Mwai | Telephone: +254 722 653 745

Areas of interest/specialization: Literary Studies


Prof. Mwai is a Full Professor of Literature. She is an administrator, Researcher, Lecturer and trainer of trainers and facilitators who has worked in various universities in Kenya. She enjoys leading teams through research processes up to and beyond and dissemination to the uptake of research findings as evidence based solutions to emerging challenges. Professor Mwai has authored several books, journal articles and chapters in books. She has a bias in teaching and research in Oral poetry from a gender perspective. She also teaches, carries out research and supervises students in diverse areas of literary studies.

Prof. Mwai is a Regional Gender Consultant who worked with United Nations Agencies and international organizations including UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNWOMEN , USAID and the World Bank within the ESARO region. She has taught in diverse universities in Kenya including the Nairobi, Maseno and Kenyatta . She is an internationally certified Trainer of Trainers and Facilitators in Gender and Leadership. She is a gender trainer herself and a tried and tested leader in the university, the society in general and the church in particular. She has exemplary skills in participatory research and training. Currently, she is the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor- student Affairs

Academic Degrees;

2012: E- MBA in Leadership and Business Management – Copenhagen Business School

2005: Bachelor of Theology (Missiology), International Institute for Christian growth and World Missions, Switzerland.

2000: PhD in Gender and Literature, Maseno University.

1988: M.A. (Kiswahili Poetry), University of Nairobi.

1984: Bachelor of Education - University of Nairobi


Journal Articles
      • Mwai Wangari, Kebaya Charles and Diang’a Rachael (2015). The Autobiography as a genre in Disability Literature. An analysis of selected texts from Kenya. The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 8,No.7, October. ( in Press)
      • Diang’a Rachael, Kebaya Charles and Mwai Wangari (2015). Community Theater and Development Practices in the Nyanza Region of Kenya. The Journal of Pan African Studies Vol. 8, No.6, September.
      • Mwai Wangari and Okoth Zipporah (2015). The teacher as a nurturer of self pride: lessons from the Swahili indigenous nuptial rites instructor. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research.ISSN: 1694-2116(Online).ISSN: 1694-2493(Print).Website:
      • Mwai Wangari, Gimode Edwin and Kebaya Charles (2015). Reading the Story of Jesus Christ as an Epic. Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies, Volume 3, Number 4, July-Aug. doi: 10.17265/2328-2177/2015.04.005
      • Mwai Wangari and Kebaya Charles (2015) Imbricating Tourism in Oral Narratives of Communities in the Western Region of Kenya. Journal of Literature and Art Studies, Vol. 5, No. 9, September Issue.
      • doi: 10.17265/2159-5836/2015.09.001
  • Mwai, Wangari, and Wamue, Mwangi (2013). Relationship between Alcoholism and Family Cohesion : A Gender Analysis of Kigio Location, Gatanga District , Kenya. International Journal of Education and Research, Vol.1 No. 7, July Issue. 1SSN: 2201- 6333.
  • Mwai, Wangari (2013). Self Discovery Tools For Better Self And Other Leaderships: A Personal Experience With Goleman’s Five Discoveries. Journal of Human and Social Science Research (online).
  • Mwai, Wangari (2013). Imagi(ni)ng the Character of persons with Disabilities: An analysis of the motif of the princess who could not smile.
    Science Journal of Psychology. ISSN: 2276-6278
  • Mwai, Wangari (2012). Ora- Media and the promotion of African Indigenous Vegetables in Kisii, Siaya and Nyando Districts of Nyanza Province, Lake Victoria Region, Kenya. Journal of Communication and Culture, Volume 3, Number 3, December Issue.
  • Mwai, Wangari and Runo Mary ( 2013): Nurturing Multiple Intelligences through African Indigenous Education: A Case Study of Unyago A Swahili Girls to Women Nuptial Institution. International Journal of Education and Research (IJER). ISSN: 2201- 6333 ( Print). ISSN : 2201- 6740( online)
  • Nanyama, Deborah and Mwai Wangari (2012). The protrayal of Youths in Novels of John Habwe. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences ( Vol. 2:2) Special Issue- January ISSN: 2220- 8488 ( Print) . ISSN : 2221- 0989 ( online )
  • Mwai, Wangari (2008). Women, Politics and the Media in Africa, A Case Study of Kenya. ECHO; Journal of the Association for African Women in Research and Development.
  • Mwai, Wangari and Omwalo Bryson ( 2007). The Biblical Biography of Jesus Christ. Maseno Journal of Arts and Social Sciences (MUFASS JOURNAL) Vol.1.3
  • Mwai, Wangari and Ong’injo Mary (2006). Re-Reading of the Pauline Writings From A Feminist Perspective. Maseno Journal of Arts and Social Sciences ( MUFASS JOURNAL) Vol.1.2
  • Mwai, Wangari ( 2006). Gender and Social Science Research. Maseno Journal of Arts and Social Sciences ( MUFASS JOURNAL) Vol.1.1
  • Mwai, Wangari (1995). Swahili Poetry; its origin, Growth and Development. Maseno Journal of Education, Arts and Science - Vol. 2.1

o 2013: Mwai, Wangari and Nassanga Katapa Utilization of Retired Senior Academics in the East African Region. Nairobi: Nairobi Academic Press, Kenya.

o 2012: Kimongo David, Mwai Wangari and Mbugua Mungai Urban Youth Folklore genres: Mchongoano. Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany.

o 2010: Mwai, Wangari Songs for the Bride: A Literary Analysis of Unyago Nuptial Songs. Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany

o 2010: Mwai, Wangari New Trends in Ushairi: A Socio - Historical Study of Ushairi. Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany

o 2010: Mwai, Wangari and Obura Oluoch Female Imagination: A Biographical Study of Women Literary Artists from the East African Region. Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany.

o 2010: Mwai Wangari and Oloo, Pamela Gender and Language: An analysis of Margaret Ogola’s The River and the Source: Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany.

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