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Kenda Mutongi


“The Matatu in the 1960s: Nairobi Entrepreneurs”


Kenda Mutongi is a Professor of History at Williams College. She was born and raised in Maragoli, western Kenya, and attended Butere Girls High school before moving to the USA where she earned her PhD in History from University of Virginia in 1996. She has written and published extensively on Kenyan history. Her recent book Worries of the Heart: Widows and Community in Kenya (University of Chicago Press, 2007) was a Finalist for the Herskovits Prize.  She has also been a fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She lives in Williamstown, MA with her husband and their two children.

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