Prof. Mamdani to leave Makerere after Appointments Board approves search for his replacement

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, receives a copy of Prof. Mahmood Mamdani’s book Neither Settler nor Native.

Celebrated academic and Makerere Institute of Social Research director Prof. Mahmood Mamdani is set to leave his position after the University Appointments Board approved the search for his replacement.

According to the January 28, 2022 meeting, a copy of which this website has seen, the University Appointments Board approved that Mamdani’s replacement be headhunted.

The Board resolved: “a) To authorise Management to headhunt for a suitable candidate for the position of Director, MISR and make a recommendation to the Appointments Board. b) That the Appointments Board shall assess the suitability of the recommended candidate and decide on the appointment,” the minutes read in part.

Prof. Mahmood Mamdani became director of MISR in 2010. He received his PhD in government from Harvard University. Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science, as well as the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in the United States, where he also served as the director of the Institute of African Studies from 1999 to 2004.

He has taught at the University of Dar-es-Salaam (1973–79), Makerere University (1980–93), and the University of Cape Town (1996–99) and was the founding director of the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda (1987–96).

He has also authored several books, among which include Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror (Pantheon 2004).

The University Board also resolved to defer consideration of the proposed guidelines for the promotion of administrative staff to the next (special) meeting of the Appointments Board.

The Board also decided that the Appointments Board and Management would make every effort to shorten the recruitment process, and that job advertisements would run for two weeks.


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