Tom Odhiambo Bio

Tom Odhiambo teaches literature, performing arts and media at the University of Nairobi. He studied at Moi University, in Eldoret, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Literature and Linguistics in 1998. He thereafter taught at a high school till the year 2000. He studied for and was awarded an MA in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg in 2001. Thereafter he studied for and was awarded a PhD in African Literature at Wits in 2004.

Tom ODHIAMBO – BEd (Moi), MA, PhD (Wits)



Odhiambo, T, J K.  2022.  The ‘Perplexing African in China’: A Reading of Black Ghosts by Ken Kamoche. Journal of Language, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Africa . 13(1):63-74.





Odhiambo, T, Siundu G.  2014.  Journeying into Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies. Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies. 1(1):1-5.


Odhiambo, T.  2012.  Kwani? and the Imaginations around Re-invention of Art and Culture in Kenya Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Landscapes. , New Jersey: Africa World Press


Odhiambo, T.  2011.  Interview between Peterson Kamwathi and Tom Odhiambo. Peterson Kamwathi. , Nairobi, Bayreuth, Nurnberg: Goethe-Institut, Iwalewa-Haus and Verlag fur mordene Kunst
Odhiambo, T.  2011.  Literary Maps of Nairobi’s Citiness. Afropolis: Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Johannesburg. , Koln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig
Odhiambo, T.  2011.  Wild Men’ & Emergent Masculinities in Postcolonial Kenyan Popular Fiction. Men in African Film and Fiction. , London: James Currey


Odhiambo, T.  2010.  Ways of Being and Not Being in Nairobi. Learning from Nairobi Mobility. , Cologne: KISDedition Cologne
Odhiambo, T.  2010.  The Postcolonial City as ‘Prey and Predator’ in Major Mwangi’s ‘Urban Novels. Popular Snapshots and Tracks to the Past: Cape Town, Nairobi and Lubumbashi. , Tervuren: Royal Museum for Central Africa
Odhiambo, T.  2010.  Gerontocracy and Generational Competition in Kenya Today: An Observation. Remembering Kenya: Identity, Culture and Freedom. , Nairobi: Twaweza Communication and Goethe-Institut, Kenya
Odhiambo, T.  2010.  Writing in New Tongues: Re-Directions in the Works of Dambudzo Marechera and Ben Okri. Journal of Cultural Studies . 8(3):339-356.


Odhiambo, T.  2009.  Emasculated Manhood in a Context of Conflicting Moral Economies. Gender Roundtable Newsletter. 1&2:51-55.


Odhiambo, T, Muponde R.  2008.  The Arrivants. Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis. , Durham: Duke University Press
Odhiambo, T.  2008.  Pavement Democracy. Jahazi. 1(3):17-20.
Odhiambo, T.  2008.  Kenyan Popular Fiction in English and the Melodramas of the Underdogs. Research in African Literatures. 39(4):72-82.


Odhiambo, T.  2007.  De Korte Street. At Risk: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa . , Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Odhiambo, T.  2007.  Alternative Moral Economies, Crime and Violence in Kenyan Popular Fiction. Urban Legends, Colonial Myths: Popular Culture and Literature in East Africa. , Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press
Odhiambo, T.  2007.  The Search for Ethnic Nationhood in a Cyber Age. Jahazi. 1(1):15-19.
Odhiambo, T.  2007.  Sexual Anxieties and Rampant Masculinities in Postcolonial Kenyan Literature. Social Identities. 13(5):651-663.
Odhiambo, T.  2007.  Juvenile Delinquency and Violence in the Fiction of Three Kenyan Writers. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. 44(2):134-148.


Odhiambo, T.  2006.  Kenya: Manhood and Violence. Men of the Global South: a Reader. , London: Zed Books
Odhiambo, T.  2006.  Writing Alternative Womanhood in Kenya in Margaret Ogola's The River and the Source. African Identities. 4(2):235-250.


Odhiambo, T.  2005.  The City as a Marker of Modernity in Postcolonial Kenyan Popular Fiction. Scrutiny2. 10(2):46-56.


Odhiambo, T.  2004.  Socio-Sexual Experiences of Black South African Men in K. Sello Duiker’s Thirteen Cents and The Quiet Violence of Dreams. The End of Unheard Narratives: Contemporary Perspectives on Southern African Literatures. , Heidelberg: Kalliope Paperbacks
Odhiambo, T.  2004.  The Romantic Detective in Kenyan Popular Fiction. Social Dynamics. 30(2):190-206.
Odhiambo, T.  2004.  From Fairyland to Lived Life: Narrative Transitions in Children’s Fiction. Journal of African Children’s and Youth Literature. Vol. 15-16:88-95..


Odhiambo, T.  2003.  Troubled Love and Marriage as Work in Kenyan Popular Fiction. Social Identities. 9(3):423-436..

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