Within the African Studies teaching faculty, Mumbi works to develop year one curricula and deliver classes exploring coloniality, knowledge production and African histories.
Within the African Studies teaching faculty, Mumbi works to develop year one curricula and deliver classes exploring coloniality, knowledge production and African histories. She spends most of her time developing lesson plans and mentoring and teaching students.
Prior to joining the faculty team at ALA, Mumbi was a masters student in African Studies at the University of Oxford
Mumbi is co-coordinator of student clubs and societies.
Master’s of Science, African Studies, July 2020
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Bachelor of Arts, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies; Public Policy, May 2019
Duke University, Durham, NC
Honours and Awards
Terence Ranger Prize for Best Dissertation in MSc in African Studies
2020 Faculty Scholars Award (Highest academic honor awarded by Duke faculty)
2018 Dean’s List with Distinction: Spring 2016; Fall 2017 Dean’s List: Fall 2015
Spring 2017 Alice M. Baldwin Scholar (Four-year women’s leadership scholarship) Melcher Award for Excellence in Journalism (Honorable Mention for the piece “Coming to America”) 2016
Kanyogo, Mumbi, “Digital Ululation: Weaving a Kenyan Feminist sphere of Radical Togetherness.” In African Women in Digital Spaces: Redefining Social Movements on the Continent and in the Diaspora, eds. Wunpini Mohammed and Msia Clark. Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Dar Es Salaam, Forthcoming.
Makena, Mumbi, “Loving Women on Saturdays: Motherhood, Queerness and Distrust,” The Kalahari Review, January 28 2020.
Mumbi M, “#Repal162 and Queer Waiting: Living indefinitely in and with Despair,” The Elephant, July 5 2019.
Kanyogo, Mumbi, “‘Our Constitution is Strong” : Straight Digital Discourse and Disremembered Queer Accounts,’” Genderit.org, 20 June 2019,
Kanyogo, Mumbi with Christine Kinyua and Mary Aline Fertin “Reflecting on Constructing Memory at Duke and in Durham – using memory studies to create social justice,” Visible Thinking, 2019.
“The Queer Is Spilling Over,” The Kalahari Review, August 14 2018.
“Activating History for Justice at Duke,” Activating History at Duke, 2018.
Year 1 African Studies