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Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.  He is also the Director of the Institute of African Studies at SIPA.

Mahmood Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history, politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about the changing role of Africa in a global context.  His book Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton University Press, 1996) has been hailed as one of the best scholarly works on Africa published in English, and won the prestigious Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association of the USA (1998).  Other books include When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton University Press, 2002), Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk: Comparative Essays on the Politics of Rights and Culture (editor, Palgrave Macmillan, November 2000), Crises and Reconstruction - African Perspectives: Two Lectures (with Colin Leys, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, December 1998), Imperialism and Fascism in Uganda (Africa World Press Inc., 1983), and many others.

Recent works include "Iraq: Collective Punishment in War and Peace," in Irwin Abrams and Wang Gungwu, eds., The Iraq War and Its Consequences: Thoughts of Nobel Peace Laureates and Eminent Scholars (World Scienti.c, 2004); and When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton University Press, 2002). He is also author of the Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror (2004).

Professor Mamdani holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh (1967).  He received an MA and MALD from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1969, and in 1974 he received his PhD from Harvard University.  His other academic appointments include A.C. Jordan Professor of African Studies and Director for the Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).  He has taught at the University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) and Makerere University (Uganda). 

He is the founding Director of the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda, and is the current President (1999-2002) of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Africa's social science body based in Senegal.  Mr. Mamdani's current work focuses on internal conflict and civil war in Africa, with particular attention given to the political and social restructuring which such conflict elicits.

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It was kind of amazing to do long, three-session interviews with Mahmood Mamdani, a prominent political theorist [and commentator]. It certainly gave me a more holistic sense of how African wars and events are shaped and disseminated by media in the West. It was also incredible to do an interview in ...
In 2010, Mahmood Mamdani, who was director of the Institute for African Studies at Columbia University, New York (from 1999 to 2004), created the Makerere Institute of Social Research at the Makerere University in Uganda. In 2016, Ousmane Kane, who holds the Chair of Contemporary Islamic religion ...

... through which nations were brought together, wars averted, transnational bridges and transcontinental pipelines constructed. Today, diplomacy is increasingly becoming a primitive pissing contest, held hostage by radical, unelected factions, those whom Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani used to call ...
... through which nations were brought together, wars averted, transnational bridges and transcontinental pipelines constructed. Today, diplomacy is increasingly becoming a primitive pissing contest, held hostage by radical, unelected factions, those whom Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani used to call ...
Two decades ago Ugandan academic and author Mahmood Mamdani pointed to the myth of SA's exceptionalism and that it shares the legacies of colonialism and the bifurcated nature of the state that colonialism had bequeathed other African states too. This meant that the country was no different in its ...
South Africa's claim to exceptionalism in Africa has been dispelled. Two decades ago Ugandan academic and author Mahmood Mamdani pointed to the myth of South Africa's exceptionalism and that it shares the legacies of colonialism and the bifurcated nature of the state that colonialism had bequeathed ...

Under those rulers, what Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani calls "involuntary coercion" and appropriations were endemic. For example, Amin's 1975 land decree reform took away legal recognition of land, and appropriated customary land that was not being "productively used." Therefore, prior to ...
Many of them, to borrow writer Mahmood Mamdani's term in the Indian context, are "good Muslims," who avoid raising uncomfortable questions. Some of them even proclaim they are not like "those Muslims" - the ignorant, uneducated troublemakers. But in recent years, the distinction between good Muslim, ...
Giving an example of how her husband (Mahmood Mamdani) while attending a sangeet ceremony in the city recently found it hard to fathom there was actually no one singing, Nair said families today are only pursuing money and that is killing everything else. "My husband is not from here and he attended ...
monsoon Wedding has almost become a period film in a certain way even though it was in 2000. You don't have homemade wedding anymore, just starters," the 60-year old Indo-American filmmaker said.Giving an example of how her husband (Mahmood Mamdani) while attending a sangeet ceremony in ...
"monsoon Wedding has almost become a period film in a certain way even though it was in 2000. You don't have homemade wedding anymore, just starters," the 60-year old Indo-American filmmaker said. Giving an example of how her husband (Mahmood Mamdani) while attending a sangeet ceremony in ...
Makerere University staff appeals tribunal has given the university appointments board and the legal team of Dr Stella Nyanzi thirty days to resolve the stalemate over her reinstatement as a research fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). Early this month, the tribunal chaired by George ...
One thing one should not do in an academic freedom lecture is defend the violation of academic freedom. Yet that is exactly what Mahmood Mamdani did when he delivered the 2017 TB Davie academic freedom lecture at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Curiously, Professor Mamdani's lecture ...
In a six-page memo emailed to all staff at the institute on September 13, Ocita accuses Prof Mahmood Mamdani, the director of MISR of undermining his students, staff and the faculty. He warns that unless something is done to avert the looming crisis, the MISR academic programme may collapse soon.
It is signed by Ilan Kapoor of York University, Canada, Stefano Ponte, Copenhagen Business school and Duke University, US, Lisa Ann Richey of Roskilde University, Denmark and Duke University, US, Mahmood Mamdani Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda and Columbia University, US, Asef ...
Mahmood Mamdani to give 2017's TB Davie Memorial Lecture in support of academic freedom. Mamdani strongly supports BDS and anti-Israel positions. A group of UCT academics formally requested Mamdani to boycott the lecture until Flemming Rose's lecture on freedom of speech, which was cancelled ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani returned to the University of Cape Town (UCT) on August 22 to deliver a lecture on Decolonising the Post-colonial University, 20 years after he left because of a clash with the curriculum committee over his proposed core course on Africa. In September 1996, the Ugandan ...

The last time celebrated Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani set foot at UCT was 16 years ago. Mamdani left UCT swearing never to return after clashing with the university over his attempts to "decolonise" its curriculum. This week, he was back to deliver UCT's TB Davie Memorial Lecture on academic ...
Although he is still a tenured member of the faculty at Columbia University, Mahmood Mamdani has taken what he describes as "10 years' time off" to develop an institution devoted to "decolonising the mind". A leading authority on African history and politics, Professor Mamdani is Columbia's Herbert ...
A committee investigating the causes of a public row between Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the Executive Director of Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR), and researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi has cleared Mamdani of any wrongdoing. The chairman of the university's appointments board, ...
UN peacekeepers patrol the streets in the disputed Abyei area on the border of Sudan and South Sudan in May 2011, shortly before South Sudan gained its independence. / Photo by Stuart Price, United Nations Photo. Colonial rule ended in Sudan in 1956. As the British and Egyptian flags were lowered, ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani has long been held in high esteem given his impressive academic record and prolific writing, authoring an average of almost a book a year. Indeed, when Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, the former vice chancellor of Makerere university, unveiled him as the new executive ...
Nyanzi who gained global notoriety in 2016 for stripping in protest against her alleged mistreatment by MISR boss Mahmood Mamdani, alleged used her facebook postings to harass the First Family. She was charged with two counts related cyber-crimes and denied the charges. He jailing drew local and ...
Such approaches were commonplace among imperialists at the time, in what Mahmood Mamdani has called the strategy of 're-define and rule.' Indeed, the opposition between the Hutus and the Tutsis in Rwanda has a similar genealogy. The sociologist Harald Welzer has said that Darfur is one of those ...
Nyanzi who gained global notoriety in 2016 for stripping in protest against her alleged mistreatment by MISR boss Mahmood Mamdani, alleged used her facebook postings to harass the First Family. She was charged with two counts related cyber-crimes and denied the charges. He jailing drew local and ...
Anyone familiar with the seminal discourse of Mahmood Mamdani, one of Africa's most brilliant intellectuals, titled "Lessons of Zimbabwe", published in the London Review of Books in 2008, may not be taken aback by the loud celebration in the West on the exit of President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, 93.
Anyone familiar with the seminal discourse of Mahmood Mamdani, one of Africa's most brilliant intellectuals, titled "Lessons of Zimbabwe", published in the London Review of Books in 2008, may not be taken aback by the loud celebration in the West on the exit of President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, 93.
In November of 2013, the MISR director, Prof Mahmood Mamdani, wrote an email to Nuwagaba saying that his academic fellowship had been suspended pending the decision of the MISR Graduate Teaching Staff. The email was not clear as to the reason why. When the reporting period approached in ...
Ugandan academic of Indian descent Mahmood Mamdani, who was one of those booted out of Uganda, has referred to the same reality of Ugandans feeling independent only after 1972. For this, Idi Amin was called names. Most prominently, the "village tyrant" in Denis Hills' The White Pumpkin, and ...
The ascension of Mnangagwa into the position of the presidency highlights the re-emergence of what Mahmood Mamdani refers to ethnicity as a political identity. Given his past, where he was entrenched in the Gukurahundi massacres, as well as his allegiance to Mugabe over the years, people remain ...
... governments in Africa deliberately ran a dual governance system, as great African post-independence scholars such as Mahmood Mamdani, ...
Makerere University staff appeals tribunal has given the university appointments board and the legal team of Dr Stella Nyanzi thirty days to ...
... from Makerere in April 2016 after she undressed in public to protest what she called mistreatment by MISR director, Prof Mahmood Mamdani.
Mahmood Mamdani, Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, politics, and the war on Terror (2010). Mamdani offers a refreshingly original and ...
As Mahmood Mamdani famously outlined, in Western eyes there are "good" Muslims who are like us -- intelligible, civilized, on our side -- and ...
Mahmood Mamdani once talked about this in a lecture at the University of Cape Town that considered the role of the university and scholar ...
Yet that is exactly what Mahmood Mamdani did when he delivered the 2017 TB Davie academic freedom lecture at the University of Cape ...
As Prof Mahmood Mamdani would say; whose 55th birthday are we celebrating on October 9? Independence of the State or of the citizens?
As scholars like Mahmood Mamdani have pointed out, civil society activism has largely been an urban feature. Across Africa, opposition ...
... former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and renowned Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani argued that "courts cannot end civil wars.
In his book Define and Rule, Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani argued that every colonial conqueror was preoccupied with the "native ...
... US, Lisa Ann Richey of Roskilde University, Denmark and Duke University, US, Mahmood Mamdani Makerere Institute of Social Research, ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani returned to the University of Cape Town (UCT) on August 22 to deliver a lecture on Decolonising the Post-colonial University, 20 years after he left because of a clash with the curriculum committee over his proposed core course on Africa. In September 1996, the Ugandan ...
The last time celebrated Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani set foot at UCT was 16 years ago. Mamdani left UCT swearing never to return ...
The last time celebrated Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani set foot at UCT was 16 years ago. Mamdani left UCT swearing never to return ...
Mahmood Mamdani is a director at Makerere Institute for Social Research in Makerere University, Uganda and a professor at Columbia ...
Although he is still a tenured member of the faculty at Columbia University, Mahmood Mamdani has taken what he describes as "10 years' time ...
At the MISR seminar, director Mahmood Mamdani said to Bobi Wine what he thought about the current state of political parties in Uganda.
... and humanities in the region, attracting intellects like Nobel laureate V S Naipaul and celebrated scholar Mahmood Mamdani to its halls.


 

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