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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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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, ...
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.
In August 2017, Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani spoke on the origins of the university in a public lecture at the University of Cape Town.
... board members including Ilan Kapoor, Stefan Ponte, Ayesha Jalal, Vijay Prashad, Walden Bello and Mahmood Mamdani say in their letter.
... continues to invite renowned speakers from across the globe (2017's roster alone includes Rainer Forst, Mahmood Mamdani, Marta Segarra ...
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 ...
In his book Define and Rule, Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani argued that every colonial conqueror was preoccupied with the "native ...
In conclusion, I entirely endorse the eloquent statement by Mahmood Mamdani quoted in the study on the function and role of the university, ...
Canadian reviewer Hugh Lukin Robinson's main criticism of Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani's When Victims Become killers is that he ...
Mahmood Mamdani to give 2017's TB Davie Memorial Lecture in support of academic freedom. Mamdani strongly supports BDS and anti-Israel ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Fred Mukasa Mbidde and Kaddunabbi Lubega are some of the prominent names that recently applied for BLB's ...
What I find ironical is that you should visit the University of Cape Town as a reform evangelist when the spirit of the #RhodesMustFall which you ...
Mahmood Mamdani's speciality is decolonisation. The academic was at UCT from 1996 until 1999. His tenure culminated when he was ...
Speaking at the discussion moderated by Prof Mahmood Mamdani, the director of Misr, Kyagulanyi, the musician-turned-politician, said he was ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani returned to the University of Cape Town (UCT) on August 22 to deliver a lecture on Decolonising the ...
TPLF merely added what Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani calls "define and rule" to the old colonial statecraft of "divide and rule", and ...
The last time celebrated Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani set foot at UCT was 16 years ago. Mamdani left UCT swearing never to return ...
The University of Cape Town will host renowned African scholar Mahmood Mamdani, who will speak on "decolonising the post-colonial ...
Maybe the concept of 'popular genocide' developed by Mahmood Mamdani for Rwanda could be used to understand the Partition.
Mahmood Mamdani, the historian, admired Mazrui for his free speech and critical enquiry. Mazrui's humanism accommodated the ideas of ...
Confronted with this ugly face of civil society in Darfur, Ugandan scholar, Mahmood Mamdani, coined the term, "human rights fundamentalism" ...
Mahmood Mamdani is a director at Makerere Institute for Social Research in Makerere University, Uganda and a professor at Columbia ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani delivers the 8th annual Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture. The lecture is delivered at Unisa in Pretoria this Friday.
Although he is still a tenured member of the faculty at Columbia University, Mahmood Mamdani has taken what he describes as "10 years' time ...
The Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani recently floated a plan in which the African Union would take the lead in setting up a transitional ...
President Salva Kiir of South Sudan visiting Sudan People's Liberation army soldiers at the military hospital in the capital city of Juba last month ...
A committee investigating the causes of a public row between Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the Executive Director of Makerere University ...
... US, Lisa Ann Richey of Roskilde University, Denmark and Duke University, US, Mahmood Mamdani Makerere Institute of Social Research, ...
... according to Ugandan political commentator, Mahmood Mamdani, who argues that through the language of R2P, non-Western countries are ...
Mahmood Mamdani is correct. He argues that the postcolonial African state has a "bifurcated" political system in which the grammar of civil society, human rights and democracy is spoken by urban-based persons while those in rural areas are in the grip ...


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