Nanjala Nyabola

Analyst and Writer

Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Kenya
Based in Nairobi

Nanjala Nyabola (@Nanjala1) is a writer, independent researcher and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her latest work focuses on the intersection between technology, media and society and has previously centered on conflict and post conflict transitions, with a focus on refugees and migration, as well as East African politics. In late 2020 her book, Travelling While Black, was published. She describes it as an essay collection reflecting on race and human mobility.

She is a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an independent, non-partisan think tank based in Waterloo, Canada. Her work has appeared in such  publications as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, World Politics Review, as well as chapters in edited collections. She is also the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya and the co-editor of Where Women Are: Gender and the 2017 Kenyan Elections.

Nanjala holds a BA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in Forced Migration and an MSc in African Studies, both from the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.