Kelly Jo is the study abroad advisor for AU Nairobi, and works out of the AU Abroad office in Washington, D.C. She is the first point of contact for undergraduate students interested in the semester and summer programs with AU Nairobi. She has worked with AU Abroad since 2005, initially as the first country director for AU Nairobi, then to start an internship program in Nigeria, and from 2011 as a study abroad advisor in D.C. Kelly Jo is extremely familiar with all the phases of study abroad acculturation, and works closely with the AU Nairobi staff. Her favorite part of her professional life is experiencing how multiple cultures affect each other. Her favorite part of her job is seeing how much students grow before, during, and after their time abroad. Kelly Jo speaks Swahili from living in Kenya for nine years, and also grew up with American Sign Language.
Mwangi Njagi has been the Program Director for our AU Nairobi programs since the spring of 2012. He is also the instructor of the Social and Political History of Kenya course for our Contemporary Issues in Kenya and Africa program. Dr. Njagi obtained his PhD in African history from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Before joining AU Nairobi, he worked as the Assistant Director for Stony Brook’s Study Abroad in Tanzania where he developed the Kiswahili curriculum. He also taught courses in African history, politics and society at Stony Brook University. His research interests focus on the development of education policies and their interactions with political leadership in post-colonial Kenya.
Victor Mwanza is the Program Assistant for AU Nairobi. He has over 15 years of experience working the security field – much of this related to foreigners living in Kenya. One of Victor's chief responsibilities is to mitigate security issues for AU Nairobi students and the programs as a whole. He has earned a BA in Management from St. Paul's University in Nairobi and is working on his masters at Daystar University in Nairobi. He has worked with AU Nairobi since 2006.
Student Affairs Coordinator
Frances Aldous-Worley is the Student Affairs Coordinator and instructor for Immersion in Another Culture. She obtained her MA in Cultural Anthropology from Stony Brook University (SBU). Prior to joining AU Nairobi she worked at SBU as Assistant to the Dean of International Academic Programs, Assistant Director for the Tanzania Study Abroad Program and taught American Culture. Her research interests are in culinary anthropology and international education. She has worked with AU Nairobi since 2006.
Sabina is our Homestay Coordinator and has had an association with AU Nairobi since 2010 when she joined the orientation team to help our students acclimatize to Kenya. Her role has expanded to include being a liaison between homestay families and students. As a trained social worker, Sabina also volunteers at a small community project in Kibera that supplies sanitary towels to school girls and single mothers.
Fred Iraki Kang’ethe
Professor & Program Academic Advisor
Fred Iraki Kang’ethe is our Kiswahili Instructor and the program academic advisor. He has been with AU Nairobi since 2006. Fred earned his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Geneva. He is Professor of French at USIU. His research interests include French as a foreign language, cognitive linguistics, and tense and aspect in Kiswahili. His latest projects have examined Sheng, an urban youth dialect popular in Nairobi. Additionally, he writes commentary on current events that are published in the Kenya’s national media.
Judy Kiprop teaches both beginning and intermediate Kiswahili. As a trained communications instructor specializing in Kiswahili, Dholuo and English languages, she is widely consulted by many foreign agencies and institutions. In addition to teaching for us, Kiprop also teaches for several other universities’ Abroad programs and missions in Kenya. Besides working for AU Nairobi, she also teaches for the University of Minnesota and James Madison University.
Contemporary Issues Instructors
Fatuma Ahmed Ali
Fatuma earned her PhD in Spain and is an External Researcher of the Interuniversity Institute for Social Development and Peace (IUDESP) at the Universitat Jaume I, Spain. Fatuma has previously been the Acting Dean in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at USIU. Fatuma teaches Geographies of Gender in Development for AU Abroad and in her career specializes in peace building and gender studies. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, Kiswahili, and Somali.
Public Health Instructors
Environmental Health Instructor, Professor Mwanthi
Prof. Mutuku A. Mwanthi
Prof. Mutuku A. Mwanthi is a Professor of Community/Public Health Sciences (Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety). Prof Mwanthi holds a Ph.D. Community Health Sciences (Major, Environmental & Occupational Health) from School of Public Health, The University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, USA. He also holds a MSEH (MSC) Environmental Health from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA as well as a BSc.in Biology with Minor in Chemistry, Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas.
Community Health Instructor, Dr. Peter K. Njoroge
Dr. Peter K. Njoroge
Dr. Njoroge is a Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Nairobi. He has been a member of the faculty since 1992, joining from the Ministry of Health (MOH) where he had served for eight years at various levels from the district to national levels. He is a Public Health physician with vast interest and experience in the fields of Reproductive Health and Maternal and Child Health. which are his focal areas of teaching, research and consultancy. His teaching responsibilities transcend undergraduate, postgraduate, as well as special basic and post-basic courses in his school and other departments in the university. He has successfully supervised nineteen student thesis projects, leading to the award of Masters in Public Health degrees. Dr. Njoroge continues to work as a leading partner in global health initiatives.
Epidemiology Instructor, Dr. Marshal Mutinda Mweu
Dr. Marshal Mutinda Mweu
Dr. Mweu is a Lecturer in Epidemiology the School of Public Health at the University of Nairobi. He earned a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and a post graduate diploma from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Mweu specializes in statistical tools to understand frequency, determinants, and distributions of infectious diseases for effective control. He is fluent in English and Swahili.
The dedication the on-site staff has to make the abroad experience as simple and incredible as possible.