Samson Okoth Opondo

Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies and Chair of Political Science

Samson O. Opondo’s research is guided by an interest in colonialism, race and the mediation of estrangement. With an emphasis on violence, ethics, and diplomacies of everyday life, he engages the problematics of humanitarianism, the politics of redemption and the popular culture in urban Africa. He teaches courses on comparative politics, settler colonialism, postcolonial diplomatic cultures and African cities.

BA, Moi University; MA, Keele University; PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
At Vassar since 2012


Rockefeller Hall
Box 452


AFRS/POLI 351 Africana Studies Seminar

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Rwanda Summer Program Group Selfie

Vassar and the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), a recently established medical school in Rwanda, have been engaged over the past three years in initiatives that benefit both institutions. The partnership has shown how the liberal arts can enhance health care.