Where I've come from, where I am, and where I'm headed...

I got my PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in June 2016 and was appointed Adjunct Professor at Northwestern for the academic year2016/2017. From August 2017, I'm Assistant Professor of political science at North Carolina State University where I teach comparative politics and Africana studies.

 

I joined Northwestern in summer '10 and had the privilege of working with one of the most respected Africanist political scientist in William Reno, Director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University and James Mahoney, Chair of the Sociology department who is also a former associate chair of the political science department. While attending grad school in Chicago, my family lived in Kampala, so I moved between Kampala and Chicago for a good seven years! I am married to Gloria Kulabako, a corporate manager with Service and Computer Industries, Uganda's biggest IT company. Gloria and I have two sons: Maxwell Mungati, aged six and Matthew Mukosya, aged four. 

 

I attended Makerere University, Kampala where I read political science and Philiosophy, the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India, and Northwestern University. In between my first degree and returning to graduate school, I worked as a freelance reporter for The Monitor newspaper (now called Daily Monitor) in Kampala. I interned with Uganda Media Women's Association, and managed the postgraduate training program at Centre for Basic Research, Kampala. Later, I also worked as program officer for the Ford Foundation funded International Fellowships Program in the Ugandan office.

 


At Makerere

This is where my fascination with the pursuit of knowledge and ideas started, in earnest. I read philosophy and political science, graduating with honors in 2005. I went on to do a Master's in Human Rights at the same university, graduating in 2007. As an undergrad, I was fascinated with Hans Joachim Morgenthau, thus developed a deep interest in the study of states and power, and the dynamics of global politics and economics. It is this interest that led me into an early focus on understanding the post-independent African political crisis as a crisis of the state. My first journal article, "The Making of the Informal State in Uganda" (published in CODESRIA's Africa Development, 2013) was a culmination of that initial interest in understanding the problematic of the African state. Among my teachers in Makerere's political science department, and who left a big scholarly impression on me, were Dr. Paul Omach and Dr. Philip Kasaija, both now at the rank of Associate Professor. Paul first introduced me to the work of Christopher Clapham and William Reno. Little did I know, at the time, that Will Reno would turn out to be my most important intellectual mentor, able advisor, and ultimately the key player in my current status as a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University.

At CSSSC and NU

I joined the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) in August 2008 as a predoctoral fellow funded by the Netherlands based South-South Exchange Program for Research on the History of Development (Sephis). The intellectual atmosphere at the CSSSC is incredibly ecclectic and decidedly interdisciplinary. CSSSC was the birth place of subaltern studies and has been home to a long list of eminent and distinguished Indian scholars. The one year I spent at CSSSC left an indelible mark on my intellectual career. The pre-doctoral training program there offered me the most thoroughgoing, broad introduction to the major theoretical, conceptual, and methodological concerns in social science research, across the major disciplines: anthropology, cultural studies, economics, political science, and sociology. My mentor and supervisor at CSSSC was the renowned and highly respected Indian scholar, Patha Chatterjee, who is also a professor at Columbia University in New York city. CSSSC provided the bridge that led me to graduate school at Northwestern, arriving in th summer of 2010. At NU I finaly zeroed in on studying comparative politics, a field I found to be perfectly suited for my research interests. Enroute the NU PhD award, I earned a Master's in Political Science in 2012.