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Samson Okoth Opondo Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies

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 Vassar since 2012


Departments and Programs


  • AFRS 351. Africana Studies Seminar
  • POLI 150. Comparative Politics
  • POLI 351. Africana Studies Seminar