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3 Questions: Professor Kenda Mutongi on Africa, women, power—and human decency

By | 2020-01-15T16:21:43+00:00 January 15th, 2020|Faculty, News|

MIT Professor Kenda Mutongi teaches courses in African history, world history, and gender history. She is the author of two award-winning books: “Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi” (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and “Worries of the Heart: Widows, Family, and Community in Kenya” (University of Chicago Press, 2007). The latter book explores how widows, a marginalized group in Kenya, weathered the country’s transition to a post-colonial society and found novel ways to address their collective social, economic, and political problems.

Mutongi, born and raised in rural Kenya, recently spoke with SHASS Communications on the interplay of African history and current gender issues within the United States; the importance of multidisciplinary thinking in solving the world’s concerns; and the wider implications of her research.

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