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African studies educator

Simon Eliud Gikandi, American African studies educator. Fellow American Council Learned Societies, 1989, Mellon Faculty fellow, 1990. Member Modern Language Association, African Studies Association, African Literature Association.

Background

Gikandi, Simon Eliud was born on September 30, 1960 in Nyeri, Kenya. Son of Eliud and Charity (Maina) Gakure.

Education

Bachelor in Literature, University Nairobi, Kenya, 1979. Master of Letters, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1986.

Career

Assistant professor California State University, Bakersfield, 1986-1987, University Massachusetts, Boston, 1987-1991. Associate professor University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991-1996, professor, 1996-1999, Robert Hayden professor, since 2000.

Membership

Member Modern Language Association, African Studies Association, African Literature Association.

Connections

Married Juandamarie Josephine Gikandi, July 17, 1993. Children: Samani, Ajami, Halima.

father:
Eliud Gakure

mother:
Charity (Maina) Gakure

spouse:
Juandamarie Josephine Gikandi

children:
Samani Gikandi

Ajami Gikandi

Halima Gikandi