Wanjiru  Kamau-Rutenberg

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is an assistant professor in the Politics department. She holds a Ph.D. and Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's degree in Politics from Whitman College.

Her varied research and teaching interests include the politics of gender, global philanthropy, international development, ethnic politics, transitions to democracy, and the role of communication technology in social action.

One of her current research projects looks at challenges to meaningful philanthropy towards Africa while another project examines the impact of ethnic politics on the struggle for women's rights legislation in Africa with a particular emphasis on the Kenyan experience. She has published articles on women's movements in Africa as well as on the impact of U.S. anti-terror legislation on anti-terror legislation in Kenya.

Her offerings include courses on the Politics of International Aid and Development, African Politics, Introduction to African Politics, and the Politics of Racial and Ethnic Identity. She also teachers for the Sarlo Scholars program offered through the McCarthy Center.

Dr Kamau-Rutenberg is also the founder and executive director of Akili Dada, an international non-profit organization working to ensure that the next generation of Kenyan women leaders includes women from disadvantaged economic backgrounds. Akili Dada offers competitive and comprehensive scholarships to brilliant girls from impoverished Kenyan families while connecting them to a network of high level professional women who serve as mentors. As part of her work with Akili Dada she mentors USF students who undertake directly supervised internships with the organization.