People @ MISR

Mahmood Mamdani - Director

Mahmood Mamdani is from Kampala, Uganda and became director of MISR in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Department of Anthropology and Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he was also 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 University of Cape Town (1996–99) and was the founding director of Centre for Basic Research... Read More..

Research Fellow

Virginie Tallio defended her Ph.D in Ethnology and Social Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France) in 2007. She worked as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany)...

Stella Nyanzi - MISR
Research Fellow

Stella Nyanzi is a medical anthropologist with a PhD from the University of London based on ethnographic fieldwork of youth sexualities, sexual and reproductive health in The Gambia.

She has fifteen years of social science...

Ernest Okello Ogwang - MISR
Research Associate

Ernest Okello-Ogwang is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature, Makerere University. He teaches African Oral Literature and conducts research in Cultural studies. His current research area is on popular songs through which...

Research Associate

Lawyer Kafureeka is a Research Associate at MISR. He also teaches in the department of Development Studies at Makerere University.


Mary Ssonko-Nabacwa
Research Associate

Mary Ssonko-Nabacwa is a Senior Lecturer of Development Studies at Uganda Christian University, Mukono. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK, where her doctorate dissertation focused on...

Samwiri Lwanga-Lunyiigo - MISR
Research Associate

Samwiri Lwanga-Lunyiigo read History at Makerere University and Archaeology at the University of Ghana, Legon. Thereafter he taught history at Makerere University, served as Chief, Compliance Officer and Acting Managing Director of NSSF...

Research Associate

Pamela Khanakwa is a Lecturer in the Department of History, Archaeology & Heritage Studies, School of Liberal and Performing Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

She completed her Ph.D in history from Northwestern...

Research Associate

Florence Ebila has Doctoral and Masters’ Degrees in African Languages and Literature/ Women and Gender Studies, from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a Masters’ Degree in Women and Gender Studies and a Bachelors Degree in...

Visiting Research Associate

Adam Culver received his PhD in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 2015. His research is situated at the intersection of political theory and comparative racial politics and focuses, in particular, on Greek tragedy,...

Senior Research Fellow

Lyn Ossome holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Her research specializations are in feminist political economy, land and agrarian studies and political theory. Her current work in democratic...

Research Fellow

Samson A. Bezabeh, is a Research Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) and a permanent fellow of the African Studies Center- Leiden, the Netherlands. He was previously a Post-doctoral researcher at the  École des...

Research Associate

James Ocita is a Research Associate in the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) and a Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Makerere University. He is also a Research Associate in the Department of English, Stellenbosch...

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Elizabeth Laruni is a Historian of Modern African History and is currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), in Kampala, Uganda. Elizabeth received her PhD in History from...


Lydia Khaweka
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Fred Kabiri
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Irene Mbawaki
Head Librarian
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Eliaichi Minja
PA to the Director
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Simon Peter Musoke
PhD Administrator
Lillian Nankinga
Admin. Assistant
Haliimah Nabuuma
Library Assistant
Olivia Nganda Kayizzi
Secretary to Director
George Owor
Property Manager
Susan Kemanzi P.
Library Assistant
Julius KIggundu
Library Assistant


Support Staff

Margaret Atugonza
James Basasa
Joseph Kambugu
Obeke Okello
Patrick Kato
Faith Nandawula
Robert Osega
Semwogerere Mukiibi
Joel Ssempijja
Sylvia Odiira
Safina Nangobi
David Kirumira


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