Esther Wangari, Associate Professor of Women's Studies joined Towson University in
1996. She was the recipient of the prestigious Henry Welcome Award from the Maryland
Commission of Higher Education; and served as Director, Women's Studies Graduate Program
from 1999-2005. In 2005, Dr. Wangari and her co-investigator received a National Science
Foundation grant for research on Mining Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Social
Responsibility and Sustainable Development in Tanzania.
Dr. Wangari is the author of two books: The Heritage Library of African Peoples: Ameru;
and Co-edited and contributor to: Rocheleau, B. Thomas-Slayter and E. Wangari. 1996.
Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issue sand Local Experiences. She is also an author
or co-author of eighteen publications covering a wide range of issues such as, “Globalization
in the Third World: Impact on Women's Land Rights and Education in Kenya"; “Reproductive
Technology From A Third World Feminist Perspective”; “Lifespan Development Revisited:
African-Centered Spirituality Throughout the Life Cycle”; “The Effects of Science
and Development on Environment and Gender”.
Dr. Wangari has also reviewed a number of manuscripts and is currently co-authoring
an article entitled “Wealth and Profits from Natural Resources”. She has a Ph.D..
in International Economics and Political Economy from the New School for Social Research
in New York, and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Clark University in
Worcester. Her area of expertise is international research on economic development,
environment and gender in both Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. Wangari is an active participant
in various organizations and a frequent presenter in national and international conferences.
- WMST 233 International Perpectives of Women
- WMST 345/545 Women, Environment, and Health
- WMST 603 The Diversity of Women
2015- Mutongu & Wangari. The Role of Women: Children Storytelling in African cultures.
2015 Mutongu & Wangari. Article entitled “Communication: The use of African Languages
Through Gikuyu Storytelling” submitted to ICAS International Center for African Society,
2015 Manuscript Review: “Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education Through Teaching
Development Programs for Future Academics.” Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
2014 Worked on a chapter entitled to “Education as a Tool for Empowerment for Women”
to be included in a book Educating Women and Girls in the in the Global Age: African
Perspectives. Edited by Onbioma Nnaemeka (forth coming) Publisher Goldline &Jacobs.
2014 Lindsay Hughes and Esther Wangari. Article entitled “The Centrality of Sustainable
Well-Being of Humans in Sustainable Development” in the proceedings of The 3rd World
Sustainability Forum, 1-30 November 2013; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol.
3, 2013, foo5; doi: 10.3390/WSF3-foo5.
2014 Manuscript Review: “Reproduction and Persistence: A Look at Some Practices in
the Teaching of Researched Writing” Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
2014 Manuscript Review: “Responding Effectively to Composition Students: Comparing
Students Perceptions of Written and Audio Feedback” in Journal on Excellence in College
Teaching, Volume 24 (1), 1-3 2013.
2013 Mr. Mathew Cole, the Editorial Assistant, Zed Books invited me to review a proposal
for an edited Collection: Beyond the Green Economy: Connecting Lives, Nature and Genders
Others, edited by Wendy Harcourt and Ingrid, L. Nelson. The first book in the series:
Gender, Environment and Development and edited by Wendy Harcourt..
2012 Esther Wangari. [Ed.].2012. International Perspective on Women. Cognella.
2012 Jody Emel, Madoshi H. Makene and Esther Wangari (Alphabetically arranged). “Problems
with Reporting and Evaluating Mining Industry Community Development Projects: A Case
from the Corporate Gold Sector in Tanzania.” Sustainability 2012, 4, 257-277.
2010 Esther Wangari. Manuscript Review. “Spaces of Activism in Exurbia: Politicizing
an Ethics of Care from the Household to the Region” in Feminist Frontiers Journal.
2008 Esther Wangari: Manuscript Review. “Perceptions of Teaching Effectiveness of
Kemper Fellows at the University of Kansa” for Journal on Excellence in College.
2007 Esther Wangari: Manuscript Review. “Learning to Balance Teaching, Research, and
Service” Journal on Excellence Teaching.
2006 Esther Wangari. Manuscript Review “Jordanian Pre-service Teacher’s Perceptions
of the Usefulness of Keeping a Portfolio” Journal on Excellence in Teaching.
2005 Esther Wangari and Winfred W. Kamau. “Globalization in the Third World: Impact
on Women’s Land Rights and Education in Kenya” in Forum on Public Policy Journal:
Oxford volume1No 3
2005 Esther Wangari. Manuscript Review: “Personality Types of a Key to Teachers Understanding
of Writing Styles” by Vanessa Wenzel and Beth A. Shibata in Journal on Excellence
in College teaching Volume 16, No. 3
2005 Esther Wangari. Manuscript Review “Social, Cultural, and Ethnic Issues: A Conceptual
Framework for Preparing Foreign-born Instructors to Teach in the American Classroom”
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
2004 Esther Wangari and Jody Emel. Research on “Mining Foreign Direct Investment,
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development in Tanzania.” Submitted
to NSF on August 15th and funded in 2005.
2004 Judith Waudo, Esther Wangari, Judith Kimiywe, M. Nasibi, Dorcas Mbithe, and Robert
Oswago worked on a proposal on “Training Home Based Care Givers in the Management
of HIV/AIDS in Five Districts in Kenya.” Kenya National HIV/AIDS Control.
2004 Esther Wangari. “African Spirituality” in the proceedings of the Tenth Annual
Towson University Multicultural Conference: Defining Dimensions of Diversity, (ed.)
Goran Trajkovski, Multicultural Institute, Towson University.
2004 Esther Wangari. Manuscript Review “Personality Type as a Key to Teacher Understanding
of Student Writing Styles” for the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
2003 Translations for the “Three Continents Project Video Production” MFA-Theatre,
2003 Esther Wangari. “The Effects of Mwea Rice Irrigation Scheme on Health and Environment.”
The major variables examined are socioeconomic, demographic, health, nutrition, environment
and policy implications. The study also looks at some interventions for a sustainable
rice production and social welfare. Journal of Geo-Forum (revision underway).
2002 Esther Wangari. “Reproductive Technology: A Third World Feminist Perspective”in
Kriemild Saunders (edit.). Feminist Post-Development Thought. Zed Books, pages 298-312.
2002 Co-authored: Lena Ampadu, Esther Wangari and Evangeline Wheeler. “Planting Seeds
of Activism Using Women of African Descent: A Multidisciplinary Approach.” Journal
of Making Connections.
2002 Co-authored: Evangeline Wheeler, Lena Ampadu and Esther Wangari. “Lifespan Development
Revisited: African-Centered Spirituality Throughout the Life Cycle” for the Special
Issue on Spirituality and Development edited by Jan Sinnott. The Journal of Adult