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114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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Gitahi Gititi

  • Professor, Affiliated Professor of Film Media, Joint Appointment in Africana Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies; Third World Film; African and African American Novel, Drama, and Poetry
  • Phone: 401.874.4661, Office: 148 Swan Hall
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Gitahi Gititi is professor of English, Film and Media Studies, African and African American Studies. His scholarly and creative work has appeared in The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, Atlantic Literary Review, Paintbrush, Current Writing, Race in The College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics, The Companion to African Literatures, ATQ: Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture, Left CurveNgugi Wa Thiong’o: Texts and Contents, Metamorphoses 2, Routledge Encyclopedia of African Literature, Mwihoko, Mutiri, Nyumba Ni Imwe.

Gitahi is a poet, short fiction writer, and multilingual translator. HIs works in non-European languages include two Gikuyu-language collections of poems called Mukunga-Mbura Gutari Matu (Rainbow in an Arid Sky) by Africa World Press and Mboomu Iratuthukire Nairobi(Bomb[in’] Nairobi) by Ngoro Njega Publications. Numerous essays, poems, and short stories have also appeared in the Gikuyu-language Journal of Art and Culture, Mutiiri, of which he is a founding editor. His feature articles also appear in the Gikuyu-language newspaper, Mwihoko, published in Murang’a, Kenya.


Postcolonial studies; Third World Film; African and African American novel, drama, and poetry


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • B.Ed., Kenyatta University

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