Meshack Owino
 Title: Associate Professor
Africa; Southern Africa; South Africa; East Africa; Kenya
 Dept: History
 Office: RT 1357
 Phone: 216-523-7264
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1357, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Pre-Colonial Africa and Modern Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, South Africa, Kenya, Military History of Africa, African soldiers in Pre-Colonial, Colonial, and Modern Africa, World War I, World War II, conflicts, African states, ethnicity, ethnic conflicts, politics
Ph.D., History, Rice University, 2004
M.A., History, Rice University, 2000
M.A., History, Kenyatta University, Kenya, 1993
B.Ed., Education, History, Religious Studies, Kenyatta University, Kenya, 1989
Brief Bio:
Dr. Meshack Owino has been a member of the Department of History since the Fall of 2005. He teaches courses on Pre-Colonial Africa and Modern Africa as well as regional and country-specific courses on Africa. Among some of Dr. Owino's publications are:

"Kenya and the Second World War: A Review of the Historiographical Landscape," in History Compass, Online, February, 2021.  

"Curating Kisumu: Digital History, Academic Collaboration, and Public Engagement in an East African City," with J. Mark Souther, in Africa in History, Online, June, 2020.

"MaCleKi: Engaging the African Public in their History, One Story at a Time," with Mark J. Souther, in the Social Science Research Council's Parameters, December 3, 2018.

"Africa and World War I," in Martin S. Shanguhyia and Toyin Falola, editors, The Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History, Vol. 1, and Vol. 2 (New York: Palgrave and MacMillan, 2018), pp. 339-354.

"Africa and World War II," in Martin S. Shanguhyia and Toyin Falola, editors, The Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History, Vol. 1, and Vol. 2 (New York: Palgrave and MacMillan, 2018), pp. 355-372.

"Bereavement and Mourning in Africa," in International Encyclopedia of the First World War Online (Spring 2017),

"The Creation and Evolution of the Pioneer Corps in Kenya: African Agency at the Start of the Second World War," in the Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXXII, No. 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 103-131.

"The Impact of Colonialism on Indigenous African Military Institutions: The Case of the Jo-Ugenya to c. 1914," in Journal of Eastern African Studies Vol. 5, No. 1 (February 2011), pp. 70-84.

Dr. Owino's article, with J. Mark Souther, "Mobilizing Digital Public Humanities for a New Sense of Global Citizenship in Africa: The Example of Collaboration between Cleveland State University, USA, and Maseno University, Kenya," is currently under review for publication in Toyin Falola and Celine Jacquemine, editors, Identity Transformation and Politicization in Africa
Honors and Awards:
Merit Recognition Award, 2020
Teaching Enhancement Award, Center for Faculty Excellence, 2019-2020 [with Dr. Shelly Rose, and Dr. Kelly Wrenhaven]
Graduate Faculty Research Program, Spring 2019
Merit Recognition Award, 2018
Merit Recognition Award, 2017
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Research Interests:
Dr. Owino' research interests are on the experience of African soldiers in pre-colonial and colonial Africa. He has published many articles on African soldiers in pre-colonial and colonial Kenya. He also has research interests in the origins and nature of African states; conflicts, ethnicity, ethnic-based politics and politics in general and the African continent
Teaching Areas:
Pre-Colonial Africa and Modern Africa; East Africa; Southern Africa; Central Africa; South Africa; Kenya; Africa and the World Wars; and Wars and the Making of Modern Africa
Professional Affiliations:
African Studies Association
American Historical Association
Society for Military History
Professional Experience:
Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State University, 2011 to the Present
Assistant Professor of History, Cleveland State University, 2005-2011
Research Grants:
NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant Award, 2017-18 ($74,939)
CSU Faculty Research and Development Fund, 2015 ($18, 935)
CLASS Margin Spending Money, 2015 ($20,985)
NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Award, 2014-15 ($59,494)