Chair, Department of Diplomacy and International Studies

Amb. Prof. Maria Nzomo



  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, January – December 1995
  • Ford Foundation Ph.D. Research Grant, 1980- 1981
  • Canadian University Ph.D. Grant,  Dalhousie University Ph.D. scholarship: October 1975- October 1978
  • Canadian University MA Grant,  McMaster University MA Program scholarship: September 1974- September 1975
  • Government of Kenya BA program Scholarship, University of Nairobi, September  1971- July 1974


  • Elder of the Burning Spear(EBS) A Presidential Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service to Kenya, 2018 - Present
  • Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) – A Presidential Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service to Kenya, 2005 - Present


Contact information

Department of Diplomacy & International Studies,

University of Nairobi, Box 30197-00100, Nairobi.



Cell:     +254-716-602-306

Recent publications

Journal Articles in refereed journals:

  • Prof. Maria Nzomo, M and Zerubabel Tefera, Challenges and Prospects of Regional Energy Integration in Africa: The Governance Factor (forthcoming, 2021)
  • Nzomo, M and Zerubabel GT,Regional Energy Integration for Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa: The Case for Geothermal Energy”, (forthcoming, 2021)
  • Nzomo, M, “Retreat to Nationalism in the 21st Century Globalization: Lessons for Africa,” Paper presented at an IDIS International Webinar, Conference, July16, 2020.
  • Nzomo, M.(2020)”Role of  Governance and Leadership in Regional Integration in Africa: The Big Elephant in the Room”, Forthcoming , Third World Quarterly,2021
  • Nzomo, M & Maluki, P. (2020). India-Africa Political Relations: Issues and Perspectives on Global Political Dialogue, Democracy and Good Governance. forthcoming
  • “Countering International Terrorism in Africa: The Gender Factor” (2018) IDIS Journal of International Studies and Diplomacy (IDIS-J) vol.1. No.1, June, pp. 7-35.

Book Chapters in Refereed Books

  • “Gender and Governance in Kenya: Women’s Journey beyond Numbers” in, Kabira, (eds.)Changing the Mainstream: Celebrating Women’s Resilience, Center for African Women Studies, 2019
  • “Leadership and Statecraft in African Foreign Policy and Diplomatic engagements”, in, Adar, K.G. (eds.), African Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Leadership, Colourprint Ltd, Nairobi, 2016. Pgs. 99-117
  • “Rethinking African Security: A feminist perspective”, in, Munene, M. & Ojielo, O. (eds.), The Study of Peace & Security in Africa, Nairobi: Sapphire logistics & UNDP, 2014, Pgs. 57-69
  • “Academic Freedom and Democratic Space in Kenya”, Nyong’o, D. (ed.), Higher Education & Political Leadership in Kenya: Towards Good Governance and peace in a Democratic Society, Nairobi:  7th Sense Communication Ltd, 2015, Pgs. 54-74
  • “Civil Society in the Kenyan Political Transition: 1990-2002,” in, Oyugi and Wanyande (eds), The Politics of Transition in Kenya: From KANU TO NARC, Nairobi: HBF, 2003, Pgs. 180-211.  


  • M. Nzomo (ed.) Responding to International Terrorism & Violent Extremism in Africa.  Forthcoming, 2018
  • M. Nzomo (ed.) Women in Politics: Challenges of Democratic Transition in Kenya. Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2003.
  • M. Nzomo & Ruth. N. Kibiti, Wearing Gender Responsive Media Lenses. Birds Printer, 2002.
  • M. Nzomo, The Gender Dimension of Electoral Politics in Kenya: Capacity-Building of Women Candidates for 1997 and Beyond. NCSW and Type Design Ltd., Nairobi, 1997.
  • M. Nzomo (ed.) Women Candidates in Kenyan Electoral Politics. NCSW, Type Design Ltd, Nairobi, 1997.
  • M. Nzomo, Women in Top Management in Kenya. AAPAM, Nairobi, 1997

Journal Articles in non- refereed journals:

  • “Women’s Journey in Political Leadership: The Last Ten Decades”, Visionary Woman, Nairobi: Heinrich Boll Foundation, March 2011
  •  “Beyond the 2002 General Elections in Kenya: Women’s Performance and Prospects in Parliamentary Politics” Wajibu, Vol. 18, No. 1-2, May-July 2003.
  • “From the Women's Decade to Multi-Party Era: Women's Political Participation in Kenya”, in L. Klempt (ed.) Women Shaping Democratic Change, Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Bonn 1992.
  • “Beyond the Women's Decade: Women's Political Participation in Kenya”. WAJIBU Vol. 7 No. 4, (1992).