Dr. Besi Brillian Muhonja
Ph.D., Binghamton University
Dr. Brillian Besi Muhonja is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She holds a PhD in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture from Binghamton University as well as a Masters degree in Theater, and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory.
She is an American Association of University Women Fellow and a Madison Teaching Fellow. Her research, publication and teaching areas include Gender Studies/Feminist Theory, African and African American Feminisms, Indigenous and Contemporary Kenyan Cultures, and Language.
Her recent publications include Emotions, Displacement and the New Kenyan; Up and Down Purity, winner of a feminist scholarship award; Disneyfication and the Erasure of the African Princess; She Loved and She Ruled That Kitchen: Space and Autonomy in Kenyan Societies; Ogu Ndem: Aggressive Silence; and Notes Towards a Research in African Feminist Theater.
She is curator and editor of the Kiswahili Story Database, which publishes 4 issues annually. She serves as a gender, culture, creativity, media and education consultant for various organizations in East Africa and the USA.