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CBOT Inaugurates New KIU Chancellor Prof Mahmood Mamdani


KIU, Western Campus – Ambrose Kibuuka (in the picture), member of the Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Chairman Board of Trustees, Kampala International University yesterday August 13 sworn in the new University Chancellor, Prof. Mahmood Mamdani in a virtual ceremony.

A scholar of international repute, Prof. Mamdani who is the 3rd KIU Chancellor joins KIU at the time of great transformation and breaking all barriers to ensure that the University stands out on Quality teaching, research, innovation, partnerships and community engagement, with application of digital technologies.

In his inauguration speech, Prof. Mamdani instantly endeared himself to the KIU community by calling his new role “a responsibility” not “a job” and saying he begins his term as a student by dedicating himself to learning.

“This talk is meant to be a greeting, not a lecture. It is an opportunity to say hello, to introduce myself as your new Chancellor,” Prof. Mamdani said.

“And to say that I shall begin my term as a student, by dedicating myself to begin by learning. Once the pandemic is under control, which means once we have a vaccine, I hope to visit different parts and constituencies at KIU to meet and greet,” he added.

Prof. Mamdani joins KIU as one of the most respected scholars in the world and in 2008, he was ranked 9th out of “The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals,” by Foreign Policy (USA) and Prospect (UK)

Prof. Mahmood Mamdani’s Brief Profile

HIGHER EDUCATION: PhD Harvard University Government 1969-74 Cambridge, M.A., U.S.A.


Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Anthropology / MESAAS, Columbia University, New York, 1999 – Present.

Director and Professor, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 2010 – Present.


2017 Corresponding Fellow, British Academy

2012 Chair, Aga Khan Architecture Jury Award, Geneva, Switzerland

2011 Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, Columbia University, New York

2010          Nominated as Member of Advisory Group of Eminent Persons, United Nations High Commission for Refugees [UNHCR]

2010 Recipient of Honorary Doctorate University of Johannesburg, South Africa

2010 Recipient of Honorary Doctorate, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

2008 Ranked 9th among “The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy (USA) and Prospect (UK) 

2002 Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism nominated ‘One of Africa’s Hundred Best Books for the 20th Century’ by a Pan-African Jury of 15 eminent persons set up at the 1998 Zimbabwe International Book Fair.  

2001 Invited to present one of nine papers at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium on “The Conflicts of the 20th Century and the Solutions for the 21st Century,” Oslo, December 6-8

1999 University of Cape Town Book Award for Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism.

1997 The Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association of USA “for the best scholarly work on Africa published in English in the previous year,” for Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism.

1991 Fellow, African Academy of Sciences


2020 Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, November printing

2017 Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (with a new preface), Princeton University Press, Wits University Press, Jo’berg and MISR Book Series, Kampala First Published, 1996, Princeton University Press

2012 Define and Rule: Native As Political Identity, Cambridge: Harvard University Press 

2009 Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, New 

2007 Scholars in the Marketplace: The Dilemmas of Neo-liberal Reforms at Makerere University, 1989-2005, Kampala: Fountain Press; and Dakar: CODESRIA

2004 Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror, New York: Pantheon Books; (Translations available in German, Finnish, Japanese, Turkish, Bengali, French, and Malyalam)

2001 When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda, Princeton: Princeton University Press; Cape Town: David Phillip; Kampala: Fountain; and London: James Currey 

The entire KIU community welcomes Prof Mamdani into the KIU Fraternity to play his role as the Chancellor as we continue to Explore the Heights!