• Mahmood Mamdani

    Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology
    401 Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9628, United States
    +1 212 854 4552


    Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999).  He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of books, among other journals.

    He teaches courses on: major debates in the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; and civil wars and the state in Africa.


    2009. Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, Pantheon, New York.

    2004. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror, Pantheon, New York.

    2001. When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.Y. David Phillip, Cape Town: Fountain, Kampala; and James Currey, London.

    1996. Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.Y. David Phillip, Cape Town: Fountain, Kampala; and James Currey, London.

    1976. Politics and Class Formation in Uganda, Heinemann Educational Books, London, and Monthly Review Press, New York.

    1973. From Citizen to Refugee, Francis Pinter Ltd. London.

    1972. The Myth of Population Control: Family, Class and Caste in an Indian Village Monthly Review Press, New York.

    2001. “Beyond Settler and Native as Political Identities: Overcoming the Political Legacy of Colonialism", Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 43, no. 4, October.

    2000. “Indirect Rule and the Struggle for Democracy: A Response to Bridget O’Laughlin,” African Affairs, pp. 43-46.

    1999. “Historicizing Power and Responses to Power: Indirect Rule and its Reform,” Social Research, vol.66, no 3, pp. 859-886.

    1987. "Extreme but not Exceptional: Towards an Analysis of the Agrarian Question in Uganda," Journal of Peasant Studies, 14, 2, London.