Esther Wangari

Associate Professor

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Contact Information

LA 3128


Post-doctoral Fellowship: Ford Foundation, Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, 1992-1993

Ph.D. International Economic Development and Political Economy: New School for Social Research, 1991

M.A., Economic Development and Political Economy, The New School for Social Research, 1989

B.A., History and Political Science. Warren Wilson College, 1977

Areas of Expertise


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.

Courses Taught

  • 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, South Africa.

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. New Jersey.

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, Towson University.

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 Development.