Dr. Wandia M. Njoya is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Language and Performing Arts at Daystar University in Kenya. Her teaching and research interests cover gender, culture and politics of Africa and African diasporas, particularly as they are reflected in literature and film. The central theme in all her work is interrogation of what it means to be human – with its gendered, racial and geographical dimensions – in today’s world. As Head of Department, Dr. Wandia have implemented innovations in the curriculum and teaching of literature, language and music, including the setting up of Creatives Academy, a workshop class that was described as “one of the most innovative things to come out of Kenya in recent times.” Under her headship, the department has also hosted a Fulbright fellow in Music, a visiting professor of Writing, and a Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellow, all from the United States, and has had visits from Jazz musicians such as the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Davey Yarborough and Aaron Rimbui. The department also been a pioneer in the use of internet and she personally manages the department's website and social media accounts. The Departments has been cited by the Communications Manager of Google Africa as an example of the use of social media in higher education in Africa. For five years, she commented on social, cultural and gender issues at the blog The Zeleza Post.
- Ph.D French, The Pennsylvania State University (2007)
- MA French, Kenyatta University (2000)
- Head of Department, Language and Performing Arts, Daystar University
- Head of Department, Humanities
- Senior Lecturer, Daystar University
- Dissertation Fellow, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York
Select Academic Publications
- Rwanda’s popular genocide: A Perfect Storm. Translated from the book by Jean-Paul Kimonyo, Lynne Reinner, 2016.
- “Filigrees of Knowledge.” African Futures: Thinking about the Future in Word and Image, edited by Lien Heindereich-Seleme and Sean O’Toole, Keber, 2016, pp. 309-314.
- “Miracles Happen.” Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, vol. 20, 2014-2015, pp. 119-120.
- “Human Rights: The Problem of Good Intentions.” In J-D. Gasanabo, D. J. Simon & M. M. Ensign (Eds.), Genocide in Rwanda: Dehumanization, Denial and Strategies for Prevention. Kigali, Rwanda: CNLG, 2014.
- “So,” and “An email for Antonio Jacinto” [Poems]. In Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets, edited by Anthonia C. Kalu, Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, and Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2013.
- “Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies: From Africa to the Antilles by Edgar Sankara.” Postcolonial Text 7.4 (2012).
- “‘Just Act, Don’t Think!’ Religion, Education and Disciplinary Decadence.” Atlantic Journal of Communication 19.1 (2011): 43-53.
- “Lark Mirror: African Culture, Masculinity and Migration to France in Alain Mabanckou’s Bleu Blanc Rouge.” Comparative Literature Studies 46.2 (2009): 338-359.
- “A Conversation with F. Diome, Author of Le Ventre de l’Atlantique.” Journal of the African Literature Association 3.1 (2009): 163-87.
- In Search of El Dorado? Immigration, French Ideals and the African Experience. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2008.
- “On Mariama Bâ’s Novels, Stereotypes and Silence.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 27.2 (2007): 450-62.
- "Quiet Days and Loving Nights.” Sentinel Literary Quarterly 1.1 (2007).
Select Guest Lectures & Workshops
- Facilitator, “I always wanted to work with academics, but ….” Media Sensitization Workshop held by The African Leadership Centre, The African Peacebuilding Network Hub, and The East African Legislative Assembly
- Discussant, “Media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information: Opportunities and limitations in consolidating democratic, rule of law and development gains in Africa.” At the Regional Journalists Convention of the Media Council of Kenya, Nairobi.
- Speaker, “The Value of conviction: Reflections on motivating students and marketing courses.” Daystar University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
- Speaker, “When we remember, we believe.” Kwibuka20: Commemorations of the Genocide against the Tutsi, Mt. Kenya University.
Select Conference Papers
- July 2016, “The Use of Rwanda in Kenyan conversations about identity.” Department of Literature and Awaaz Literary Colloquium, University of Nairobi.
- June 2016, “Tracing Denial in the Lantos Award Controversy.” 8th International Conference on Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region, University of Rwanda, Kigali.
- October 2015, "A Response to Adéwálé Ajadí's Knowledge Production – Where do we go from here?” Africa Futures Forum, Goethe Institut, Nairobi.
- March 2014, “When We Remember, We Believe.” Public Lecture for the Kwibuka 22 Commemoration, Mount Kenya University.
- November 2013, “Human Rights: The Problem of Good Intentions.” 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Baltimore, MD.
- December 2012, “The Paradox of Genocide Denial.” International Conference 2012 on 64th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Kigali, Rwanda.
- April 2012, “Can the Victim Speak? The Lantos Award Controversy.” International Conference of National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, Kigali, Rwanda.
- September 2011, “Not the Voice of the People, but the Voice of God: Christianity in Higher Education in Africa.” 2011 Conference of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Rutgers, USA.
- Kenya Oral Literature Association, Executive Committee Member
- African Literature Association, Member
- African Studies Association, Member
- Caribbean Philosophers Association, Member
- Marketing Society of Kenya, Associate Member