Development Safari

Come, take the safari and connect development theory with real-life Swahili culture of East Africa.

College Connections Faculty: Mokaya Bosire


Dr. Mokaya Bosire is a native speaker of Swahili with a PhD in Anthropological Linguistics from SUNY Albany. He has been teaching Swahili at the UO since 2012 and has recently started teaching Voices of Africa, a folklore class on Africa performative voices. Dr. Mokaya loves to study variations in language and language-contact outcomes like slang, urban vernaculars and mixed languages. His ongoing research also focuses on Sheng – a mixed youth language in Nairobi that fuses together elements from different languages to form a new code popular with young people.

Dr. Mokaya has travelled widely and leads the Swahili Study Abroad program in Zanzibar every summer. His hobbies include Ping Pong & Photography.


FIG Assistant: Christine Pubill

Bio Coming Soon

Summer Assignment

Watch the following TED talk “Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!” ( ) and read the short article “How to Write About Africa,” and then answer the following questions:
1) What do you think of when you hear the word "development?"
2) Why did you decide to study Kiswahili? Why pair it with studying international development?
3) Why do you think it is important and/or problematic to study development?
4) Identify one piece (idea, concept, sentence etc.) that you agree with, disagree with, identify with, or strikes you in another way from both texts (“How to Write About Africa” and “Want to Help Someone? Shut up and Listen!”) and explain why it struck you.
Please email your responses to me no later than Sunday, September 23 at 11:59pm. I will be sending you a short Google questionnaire after you turn in your response. Please complete the questionnaire no later than 11:59 the night before our first College Connections class.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions/comments/concerns!

-Christine Pubill

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

Coming August 2018