Administrative Appointments

  • Commission Secretary & CEO, Commission for University Education (CUE), Nairobi, Kenya, 2017-
  • Vice-President, Theological Book Network, Grand Rapids, MI, 2015-17
  • Executive Director, International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE), Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012-2015
  • Associate Director, Off-Campus Programs, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012-2015
  • Director, African and African Diaspora Studies, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008-2011
  • Director, St. Lawrence University, Kenya Semester Program, 1999-2003.
  • Assistant Director, Academic Program & Students, St. Lawrence University Kenya Semester Program, with oversight for academic programs, 1998-1999.

Academic Appointments

2017 -          Visiting Scholar, Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, Calvin College

2008-15        Associate Professor of Anthropology, Calvin College

2003-07        Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare, Augustana College. 

2003            Visiting Scholar, African Studies Program, University of Bayreuth, Germany

1998-03     Assistant professor, St. Lawrence University Kenya Semester Program, Nairobi, Kenya.                  

97-98         Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

92-93           Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

1991-92        Lecturer, Department of Languages and Linguistics, Egerton University, Kenya

1990-91       Assistant Lecturer, Department of Kiswahili and African Languages, Kenyatta University, Kenya

1988-90       Teaching Assistant, Department of Kiswahili and African Languages, Kenyatta University, Kenya


  • Price Waterhouse Coopers Limited (East African Research Fund), primary peer reviewer for a research study titled “Research on Involvement of Somali Women in Leadership Positions in Government and Political Structures.” July 2016– May, 2017.
  • The Partnership for African Social & Governance Research (PASGR) Inc., to develop a Professional Development Course on Writing for Scholarly Journals for junior African scholars and researchers. February – June, 2015.
  • The Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, Calvin College, for a Templeton Funded Project in the Social Sciences to select and convene African scholars to advice on a larger project on African agency and resilience, August 2014 to June 2015.
  • Wheaton College’s Human Needs Global Resources Program, to ascertain its attainment of set goals and learning outcomes as well as community outreach, November 28-December 1, 2012
  • IRIS Center, University of Maryland, consultant attached to PAE/CIVPOL project in Southern Sudan to build capacity in the police service through training, March–September 2009.
  • The Carter Center Southern Sudan, informal review of the cultural effectiveness and relevance of the on-the-ground program on Guinea Worm eradication in Southern Sudan, July 2008.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica small grant, to support review work on the annual Kenya country profile on culture, history, and current trends including: conduction new research on cultural, economic, and political realities in the country, 2000 and 1999.
  • Swedish International Development Agency (sida) consultancy grant, to support consultancy work on the relevance, effectiveness, challenges, and successes of the East African Book Weeks in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, April-may 1999.
  • Plan International consultancy grant, to support an ethnographic study of factors that lead to children entering and living in/on the streets in Embu, Kenya, 1996-97.