Core Faculty



Editor (with Kimani Njogu). Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya: Between the Rule of Law and the Quest for Security. Nairobi: Twaweza Communications, 2018

Cultural Politics of Translation: East Africa in a Global Context. New York: Routledge, 2016

Swahili beyond the Boundaries: Literature, Language and Identity. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007.

(With Kimani Njogu). Sudana (A Swahili Play). Nairobi (Kenya): Longhorn, 2006. [Awarded the 2008 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, 3rd Place, in the Category of Swahili Adult Fiction].

Editor (With Willy Mutunga), Debating the African Condition: Volume 1: Race, Gender and Culture Conflict, and Volume 2: Governance and Leadership Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2004.

 English in Africa: After the Cold War. Clevedon (UK): Multilingual Matters, 2004.

 Editor (With Francois Grignon and Marcel Rutten), Out for the Count: The 1997 General Elections and Prospects for Democracy in Kenya.  Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2001.

 (With Ali A. Mazrui). The Power of Babel: Language and Governance in the African Experience. London: James Currey; Chicago: University of Chicago Press and Cape Town (South Africa): David Philip, 1998.



Geographic and Demographic Expansion of Swahili. Eds. Salikoko Mufwene and Anna Maria Escobar, The Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming)

Qur’an Translation. Ed. Mona Baker, Routledge Handbook of Translation Studies. London: Routledge, 2019: 463-469

Sociocultural and Political Settings of Language in Africa. Ed. Ekkehard Wolff, The Cambridge Handbook of African Linguistics. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019: 419-441

(Co-authored with Kimani Njogu). Language Policy in African Higher Education: Between Dependency and Decolonization. Eds. Rajmund Mesthrie and David Bradley, The Dynamics of Language. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2019: 264-279

Cold War Translation: Reception and Responses. Eds. J. Marais and A.E. Feinauer, Translation Studies beyond the Post-Colony. Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017: 73-93

Fanon in the East African Experience: Between English and Swahili Translations. Eds. Kathryn Batchelor and Sue-Ann Harding, Translation and Liberation: Frantz Fanon across Continents and Languages. Oxford (UK): Routledge, 2017: 76-97

The Arabic Stimulus to the Swahili Language: A (Post)Colonial Balance Sheet. JULACE: Journal of the University of Namibia Language Center, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017: 51-67.

The Indian Experience as a Swahili Mirror in Colonial Mombasa: The Ambiguous Position of Sheikh Al-Amin Bin Ali Mazrui. African and Asian Studies, Vol 16, No. 1-2, 2017: 167-187.

The English Language in the African Context: Between Expansion and Resistance. Eds. Pauline Bunce, Robert Phillipson, Vaughan Rapatahana, Ruanni Tupas, Confronting the English Hydra. Clevedon (UK): Multilingual Matters, 2015: 20-35

Transcultural Politics of Translation: Imperial Inscriptions/African Appropriations. Eds. Ghirmae Negash, Andrea Frohne and Samuel Zadi, At the Crossroads: Readings of the Postcolonial and the Global in African Literature and Visual Art.  Trenton: Africa World Press, 2014: 47-69.

Language and Education in Kenya: Between the Colonial Legacy and then New Constitutional Order. Ed. James W. Tollefson, Language Policies in Education: Critical Issue, Second Edition. New York: Routledge, 2013: 139-155.

Translation in the Cyberspace: Between English and Kiswahili in East Africa. Ed. Tongtip Poonlarp. Translation and Interpretation in a Multilingual Context. Bangkok, The Chalermprakiat Center of Translation and Interpretation, Chulalangkorn University, 2011: 94-111.

Language and the Media in Africa: Between the Old Empire and the New. Eds. Kimani Njogu and John Middleton, Media and Identity in Africa. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press/London: International Africa Institute, 2010: 36-49.

Globalization and the Sociolinguistics of the Internet: Between English and Kiswahili. Eds. Cécile B. Vigouroux and Salikoko S. Mufwene, Globalization and language vitality: Perspectives from Black Africa. London: Continuum Press, 2009: 191-209.

Africa in America’s “War on Terrorism”: Some Political Implications. Eds. Wafula Okumu and Anneli Botha, Understanding Terrorism in Africa: In Search of an African Voice. Pretoria (South Africa): Institute of Security Studies, 2008: 67-77.

A Sociolinguistics of “Double-Consciousness”: English and Ethnicity in the Black Experience. Eds. Catherine Evans Davies and Janina Brutt-Griffler, English and Ethnicity. New York: Palgrave, 2007: 49-74.

Globalization and Some Linguistic Dimensions of Human Rights in Africa.  Eds. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and Phil McConnauhay, Human Rights and Development in Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004: 52-70.

Beyond Appropriation: Language, Knowledge and Discourse in the African Context.  Ed. Zine Magubane, Postmodernism, Postcoloniality and African Studies. Trenton (NJ): Africa World Press, 2003: 101-133.

Globalization and the Muslim World: Sub-Saharan Africa in a Comparative Context. Ed. Lawford Imunde, Die Rolle der Zivilgesellschaft und der Religion bei der Demokratisierung Afrikas. Loccumer Protokolle 55/00, Rehburg-Loccum (Germany): Loccum Akademie, 2003: 209-228.

Secrets: Somali Dispersal and Reinvented Identities. Ed. Derek Wright, New Perspectives on Nuruddin Farah.  Trenton (NJ): Africa World Press, 2002: 615-636.

Ein neues Paradigma fur die Bildung in Afrika. (Education and Intellectual (Re)production in Africa: Towards a Paradigm Shift). Entwicklungspolitk,, 12, June 2002: 38-43.

The English Language and Education in Africa: Beyond Decolonization. Ed. Jim Tollefson, Language Policies in Education: Critical Issues. Mahwah (NJ): Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002: 267-281.

Blood on the Ballot: Ethnic Voices and Trans-ethnic Voting at the Kenya Coast.  Eds. Francois Grignon, Marcel Rutten and Alamin Mazrui, Out for the Count: The 1997 General Elections and Prospects for Democracy in Kenya.  Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2001: 275-295.

Socialist Oriented Literature in Postcolonial Africa. Eds. Cheryl B. Mwaria, Silvia Federici and Joseph McLaren, African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa. Westport (CT): Praeger, 2000: 219-232.

The World Bank, the Language Question and the Future of African Education. Race and Class, Volume 38, No. 3, 1997: 35-48.

Shakespeare in Africa: Between English and Swahili Literature. Research in African Literatures. Volume 27, No. 1, Spring 1996: 64-79.

Language Policy and the Foundations of Democracy: An African Perspective. International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Special Issue on Political Theory and Language Planning), No. 118, 1996: 108-124.

Mapping Islam in Farah’s Maps. Ed. Kenneth Harrow, The Marabout and the Muse: New Approaches to Islam in African Literature. Portsmouth (NH): Heinemann, 1996: 205-218.

Ethnicity, Pluralism and the Politicization of Religion in Kenya. Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, Volume 14, Nos. 1&2, 1993: 191-201.

Relativism, Universalism and the Language of African Literature. Research in African Literatures, Volume 23, No. 1, Spring 1992: 65-75.



  • Language and Society in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia
  • Cultural Forces in International Politics
  • Islam and African Literature
  • Political Thought in African Literature
  • African Literature of South Asian Expression
  • Crossroads: Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia
  • Seminar in Literature and Society