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Prof.Colombia Kaburi Muriungi

Prof.Colombia Kaburi Muriungi

Professor of African Literature / Director, Quality Assurance

Email: cmuriungi@chuka.ac.ke

Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences.

Department: Humanities.

Biography

Teaching

Outputs

Research/PhD

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION
Gender Studies and Children’s Literature

WORK EXPERIENCE
December 2019 – Full professor, Chuka University
October 2019 (on-going) – Appointed Director, Quality Assurance.
28th June 2016 to December 2019 – Associate Professor, Chuka University.
September 2017 to September 2019 – Re-elected dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, (renamed Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) [Second Term].
August 2015 – Elected dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities (First term).
22nd May 2012 to June 2016 – Senior Lecturer, Chuka University, Kenya.
11th -26th August 2015 – Ag. COD, Department of Arts and Humanities.
January 2013 – August 2015– Faculty of Arts and Humanities, representative to the Chuka University Senate.
June 2012 – Ag. Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
February 2012 – Ag. COD, Department of Arts and Humanities.
September to December 2011 – Ag. Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
7th November 2011-August 2015 Senate representative to Board of Undergraduate Studies, Chuka University.
May 2011 to January 2013 – Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Chuka University College Academic Board.
February 2011 to May 2012 –Lecturer at Chuka University College, Kenya.
October 2007 to February 2011 –Lecturer at Kenyatta University, Kenya.
August 2006-April 2010: Part time lecturer, Christ Teacher Institute for Education, Tangaza College, Kenya.
August to December 2007– Part time lecturer at DePaul University (Nairobi Campus), at Tangaza College.
August 2006 to December 2007 – Part time lecturer at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)
February to November 2005 – Tutor, School of Accountancy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Feb., 2004-May 2005: Tutor, Department of African Literature, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

EDUCATION
PhD. in African Children’s Literature, 2006, Wits, Johannesburg, (South Africa).
Master of Arts in African Literature, 2003, Wits, Johannesburg, (South Africa).
Bachelor of Education, Arts (Eng/Lit), 1998, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, (Kenya)

PUBLICATIONS
University Level Book
1. Cultural Archives of Atrocity: Essays on the Protest Tradition Kenyan Literature Cuture and Society. New York and London, Routledge, 2019. Co-edited Charles Kebaya and J.K.S Makokha. 400 pp. ISBN: 978-036720-54-54.
Book Chapters
2. Muriungi, C.K. (2019). Textual Subversion in the Representation of Mau Mau Atrocities in Settler Writing in Kenya. In: Cultural Archives of Atrocity: Essays on the Protest Tradition Kenyan Literature Culture and Society. pp. 183-193.
3. Muriungi, C.K. (2019). Developing Guidelines to Ensure Higher Transition of Postgraduate Students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chuka University, Kenya. In: Managing Change at Universities. Vol. III, pp. 129-144.

PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
1. Muriungi, C.K. and Andima G. M.A (2020). Gender Community Outreach for Girls Living in Vulnerable Contexts: Experiences from School Literacy Clubs in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. Published on CODE Website. Results for 2018 Context Matters Grants: May, 2020. Access links: https://code.ngo/approach/research-initiatives/#research-papershttps://code.ngo/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/A-Gender-Community-Outreach-for-Girls-Living-in-Vulnerable-Contexts-Kenya-May-2020.pdf
2. Muriungi, C.K. (2019), A Gaze at the Place of the Female Figure in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of Zukiswa Wanner’s the Madams. International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, Vol 7 Issue 7, July, PP. 346 -351.
3. Muriungi, C.K. (2019). Representation of Socio-Economic Activities and Conflict in Traditional Oral Narratives of the Tharaka People in Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal 6(7):385 -392.
4. Okari, S. O., Muriungi, C. K. & Waita, N. Z. Linearity and Cyclic Conception of Time in Ngugi waThiong’o’s Petals of Blood and Wizard of the Crow. In International Journal of ELT, Linguistics and Comparative Literature Vol. 5 No. 4 August 2017, pp: 77 – 82.
5. Kithinji, C.M, Okelo, D. O & Muriungi C. K. Pre-colonial History of the Thagichu. In International Journal of Education and Research Vol. 4 No. 8 August, 2016, pp.: 189 – 202.
6. Kithinji, C. M, Okelo, D. O &Muriungi C. K.A History of Social Exclusion and Poverty of the Thagichu of Igembe Sub – County, Meru County from 1907 to 1962. International Journal of Innovative Research and Development. Volume 5, Issue 9, August 2016: 161 – 173.
7. Ireri, H., Muriungi, P., Waita, Z. &Muriungi, C.K. Strategies Used For Emphasis in Kimuthambi. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal – Vol.3, No.7, August 2016, Pp. 118 – 132.
8. Muriungi, C. K. 2015. Reading Pan-Africanism through Biographical Narratives for Young Readers in Kenya. American International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. Vo. 1, No. 1: 15-21.
9. Kaimenyi, C. K. & Muriungi, C. K. Gender Mainstreaming: Perspectives and Insights in Kenya. Journal of Environmental Sustainability Advancement Research. Vol. 1, 2015: 81-89.
10. Mbaka, N., Muriungi, P., &Muriungi, C. 2015. Consonant Substitution in Gichuka Loanwords. International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies.
11. Ntarangwi, L., Muriungi, P., &Muriungi, C. 2015. A Syntactic Analysis of Agreement in Gitigania. IJSELL. 3(9): 42-63.
12. Ireri, H., Muriungi, P., Waita, Z. &Muriungi, C. 2015. Strategies used for Persuasion in Kimuthambi. Journal of Literature, Languages and Linguistics.15: 65-80.
13. Ireri, H., Muriungi, P., Waita, Z. &Muriungi, C. 2015. Speech Act Features of Kimuthambi Utterances used for Persuasion. International Journal of English.
14. Muriungi C.& Ntarangwi L. 2015. “Patterns of Agreement in Gitigania”. International Journal of Innovative Research and Development. Vol 4 Issue 13: 89 -114.
15. Kagwanja, E. W. M, Muriungi, C. K. & Waita, N. Z. 2015. “Innovation and Change in Social Construction of Gender as Depicted in Gikuyu Songs”. International Journal of Education and Human Developments. Vol. 1 No. 2: 17-22.
16. Kagwanja, E. W. M, Muriungi, C. K. & Waita, N. Z. 2015. “Social Construction of Gender in Gikuyu Community”. In International Journal of Arts and Commerce, Vol. 4 No. 6: 120-130.
17. Kagwanja E. W. M, Muriungi, C. K. & Waita, N. Z. 2015. “Resistance and Subversion of Traditional Social Construction of Gender in Gikuyu Narratives, Songs and Proverbs”. In AIJCRVol. 5, No. 3: 55-62.
18. Njagi M. W., Muriungi, C. K., & Peter, C. A. 2014. “Effectiveness of Professional Development of Teachers in Selected Schools in Tharaka-Nithi and Meru County, Kenya”. In American International Journal of Contemporary Research.Vol. 4, No. 8: 142-148.
19. Muriungi C.K. &Muraya M. W. 2014. “Historical analysis of the changing place of female circumcision in the construction of gender roles, values and relations among the Agikuyu people in Kenya”. In International Journal of Arts and Art History. Vol. 2, No. 1: 27-46. Online: http://aripd.org/journals/ijaah/Vol_2_No_1_March_2014/4.pdf
20. Muriungi C.K and Muraya, M. W.2014. “A Historical Overview of the Representation of Female Characters in Children’s Fiction in Kenya”. In International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science.Vol. 2 No. 6.
21. Muriungi C. K. 2014. “Transformations in Kenyan Children’s Prose Fiction” in Journal of Arts and Humanities. Vol. 3, No. 4: 88-98.
22. Muriungi C. K. and Muriiki, A. K.2013. “An Analysis of Gender Based Violence in African Literature” in International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (IJHSS). Vol. 3 No. 12: 117 – 123.
23. Muriungi, C. K. “Cultural Relevance of Children’s Books in Kenya: The Case of Captured by Raiders by Benjamin Wegesa” in Mousaion: South African Journal for Information Studies. 29 (3): 140-153.
24. Muriungi, C. K. “Invoking the Community: Orality and Cultural Diversity in Biographical Narratives for Children in Kenya” in Journal of Languages and Culture. Vol. 2 (11): 186-193, November 2011. Online: http://www.academicjournals.org/article/article1379500214_Muriungi.pdf
25. Muriungi, C. K. “Representation of Heroines in Contemporary Kenyan Children’s and Young Adult Literature” in Sankofa Volume 10 (November, 2011):24-33
26. Muriungi, C. K. “It’s never just one road »: Genga-Idowu et la prostitution dansl’espaceurbain de Nairobi” (Genga-Idowu and Prostitution in Urban Nairobi). In Etudes Littéraires Africaines (Studies in African Literature). Vol. 12, June (2011): 50-56.
27. Muriungi, C. K. “New Directions in Kenyan Children’s Literature: Individual Stories as Narratives of Colonial Invasion and Decolonization”. In Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature. 20-21 January 2010. Online:
28. Muriungi, C. K. “Teaching History through Fiction: The Mau Mau Narrative in Contemporary Kenyan Children’s Literature”. In The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies. 2(2) July 2005: 13-28.
29. Muriungi, C. K. “Breaking the Chains”: Female Bonding and Cultural Emancipation in an Emergent Urban Space in Kenya”. In Africa Insight. 35(2) June 2005: 33-40.
30. Muriungi, C. K. “Let’s Sing our Heroes: A Comparison of Biographical Series for Children in Kenya and South Africa” In Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism and Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies. 25(3) Nov. 2004: 181-197.
31. Muriungi, C. K. “The “Sweet Pepper”: Prostitution Declosetted in Kenyan Women’s Writing”. In InterText (Electronic Journal). 4(2), Winter 2004: 285-312. www.brunel.ac.uk/faculty/arts/entertext.

FUNDED PROJECTS
1. Funded Proposal – (October, 2018) – A Gender Community Outreach project through Literacy Clubs, Targeting Girls Living in Poverty Stricken areas in Tharaka North, Tharaka Nithi County in Kenya (CODE’s Context Matters Research Award 2018). (With Andima, G.M, Aga Khan University)
2. February 2017 – Competitively won a fully funded International Deans’ Course Africa 2017/18, which took place in Berlin and Osnabrück, Germany (June 2017); Kampala, Uganda (November, 2017) and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February, 2018).
3. Funded Proposal (November 2015)–wrote a proposal for educating poor students in conjunction with The Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya – Justice & Peace Commission
4. Funded Proposal (February 2014) – got funds for educating poor students in conjunction with The Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya – Justice & Peace Commission (AOSK – JPC).
5. Funded Proposal – Partnered and guided five (5) students to acquire research grants at Chuka University:
a. Caroline M. Kithinji – Kshs. Awarded in March, 2016.
b. Jackson Gikunda Njogu Awarded in March, 2016.
c. Hilda Gatakaa –Awarded in April, 2015.
d. Nancy W. Mbaka Awarded in April, 2015.
e. Humphrey Kirimi Awarded in April, 2015.
6. Funds attracted for publishing in accredited Journals.
a. 2004 in Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism and Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies.
b. August 2012in Mousaion: South African Journal for Information Studies.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Children’s Literature. Post-colonial Studies. Literacy and Women Empowerment.

POSTGRADUATE TOPICS SUPERVISED
1. Language Change to Meet Modern Communicative Needs: An Analysis of Lexical Changes in Gichuka, A Kenyan Bantu Language
2. A Pragmatic Analysis of Persuasion in Kimuthambi
3. Social Exclusion and Poverty of the Thagichu of Igembe, Meru County Kenya from 1907 to 2015
4. Principles Governing Affix ordering in Kimwimbi
5. Theatre and Radio Advertising: Cultural Stylistics and Popular Strategies
6. Social Media Discourse of Chuka University Students on WhatsApp Platforms
7. Audio and Audio visual medium of Narrative Construction in Selected Gikuyu Popular Songs

8. Representation of the Boy Character in Children’s Books
9. Female voice and future of gender relationships in Nigerian Nation in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple hibiscus and half of a yellow sun
10. Female Characters in the Contemporary Oral Narrative in the Kenya Schools’ and Colleges’ Drama Festival
11. Social Constructions of Gender in Gikuyu Oral Literature
12. A Syntactic Analysis of Agreement in Gitigania
13. Natural Settings in Literature: The Case of Weather and Landscape in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles
14. Existentialism and Literature: A case Study of Ngugi’s The River Between, Petals of Blood and Wizard of the Crow
15. Linguistic Investigation into the use of Euphemisms in Kirarire – A Gitigania Circumcision song.
16. Celebrating the Pan African Spirit through Bob Marley’s Political Music
17. Code mixing Strategies of Kikuyu English and Kiswahili
18. Masculinity in Margaret Ogola’s Novels: A case Study of The River and the Source and I Swear by Apollo
19. Criminality and Social Set ups in Kenyan Popular Literature
20. Contemporary Kenyan Social Political Issues in Emerging Gikuyu Oral Poetry: Marabeta
21. Oral Literature in Alternative Rites of Passage among the Igembe People of Meru, Kenya.
22. Popular Music as a tool for Representation and Sensitization: A Study of Selected Kenyan Hip Hop Songs
23. Oral Literature and Electronic Media: A Study of Selected Television Stations
24. Honours Project

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