Dr. Isaac Kipsang Tarus

Dr Isaac Kipsang Tarus, PhD

The Chair of Department

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Department of  Philosophy, History and Religion

Egerton University

PO Box 536, 20115, Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: + 254 722 952 814

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EDUCATION

2005

PhD, Humanities

Rhodes University, Grahamstown,  South Africa

1994

Master of Arts, History

University of  Nairobi, Kenya

1988

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

University of  Nairobi, Kenya

1983

‘A’ Level

St Patrick’s High School, Iten

1981

‘O’ Level

St Patrick’s High School, Iten

1977

C.P.E

Kapkenda and Simit Primary Schools

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

The Making of Kenya, African Economic History, Philosophy of History, African Diaspora and Pan Africanism, Military Thought, Latin American History , History of Economic Thought, History of Agriculture and Methods of Historical Research

WORK EXPERIENCE

September2014- August 2015

Sabbatical Leave, University of Nairobi

2012 -present

Senior Lecturer, Department of  PHR

2002-2008

2011 - 2014

Co-ordinator and Examinations Officer, History component

Co-ordinator and Examinations Officer, History component

1997-2012

Lecturer, Department of History

1998-2001

PhD candidate and Graduate Assistant, Department of History, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

1994-1997

Assistant Lecturer, Egerton University

1990-1994

Teaching Assistant, Egerton University

Feb.1990-Oct 1990

District Officer Cadet, Kitui District

1988-1989

Tutor, Department of  History, University of  Nairobi

January 1984-August1985

Teacher, Lelboinet Secondary School

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2014-2015

Revising a Manuscript to publish a History of the Keiyo of Kenya, 1750-2015. Main project during Sabbatical Leave

2012

Participated in a Documentary Movie at Egerton University on the 2007/2008 Post election violence. The film is entitled, Brother Time. Brother Time is a documentary film directed by Wesley Shrum, a sociologist at Louisiana State University.  The movie deals with the ‘interpersonal dynamics spawned by ethnic politics in Kenya’. Found in www.brothertime.com

2011-2013

Voices from the Escarpment: Historical Study of Keiyo Livelihoods and Environmental Degradation (Kshs 400, 000, Funded by Egerton University, Department of Research and Extension, Internal Research Fund)

2008-2009

IDP’s Narratives as Political Discourse of Identity, Interviews were conducted and let by  Hassan Mwakimoto and George Gona. Assisted by Isaac Tarus and Felistus Kinyanjui, Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, Hague

2006-2008

From Hut to VAT: a Century of Taxation in Kenya’s Political Economy (Kshs 300, 000, Funded by Egerton University, Department of Research and Extension)

2006-2007

CODESRIA Advanced Research Fellowship Programme. A Historical Development of Taxation in Kenya ($ 8,000)

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Taxation, Resistance and Impact of Taxation in Kenya, 1895-2005. Monograph accepted by CODESRIA. Forthcoming

2

Isaac Tarus & Ruth Nyambura Njoroge, “The Political Economy of Taxation in Kenya, 1973-2005’, Historical Research Letter, IISTE, Vol 18 (2015)

3

Ruth Wanjiku Chege, Dorothy Nyakwaka & Isaac Tarus, “ Lake Naivasha, the Maasai and the British in the Making of Naivasha Town, 1850-1911”, Journal of International Academic Research for Multi-Disciplinary, JIARM, February 2015

4

Abraham Murgor, M.M Theuri & Isaac Tarus, The Origin, Spread and Impact of Islam on Nandi Traditional Religion and Culture from 1850 to 2012, Scholars Press, 2014

5

Ruth Nyambura Njoroge, Isaac Tarus, Peter Waweru, Tom Nyamacha; “G.G Kariuki and the Developmental Politics of Laikipia County”, Journal of  International Academic Research for Multidisciplinary: A Global Society for Multi- Disciplinary Research, JIARM, Vol I, Issue 7, August 2013

6

Ruth Njoroge, Tom Nyamache and Isaac Tarus, Fashion and Beauty: A Historical Perspective, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012

7

“Taxation and Regime Transition in Kenya’s Political Economy, 1958-2007”, Kenya Studies Review Journal Vol. 1, No. 2. 2011.

8

“From Hut to Value Added Tax: An Outline History of Taxation in Kenya, 1901-1990”, Egerton Journal of Humanities, Social Science and Education, Vol. Viii, 2009, pp.149-169.

9

“Pre-colonial Historiography in Sum and Substance” Jan Kamenju and P G. Okoth (eds.), Power Play and Policy in Kenya: An Interdisciplinary Discourse, Oakland books and Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC) Nairobi, pp-17-27, 2006.

10

Colonial Historiography Revisited Jan Kamenju and P G Okoth (eds.), Power Play and Policy in Kenya: An Interdisciplinary Discourse, Oakland books and Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC) Nairobi, pp-31-42, 2006.

11

Taxation, Migration and the Creation of a Working Class in Kenya’ Africa Development, CODESRIA, Vol. XXX, No. 4, 2005, pp.121-138. 2005

12

“Peasants, Money and Markets: A Century of Taxation in Kenya and its Global Roots” in Jomo K. S. and Khoo Khay Jin (eds.), Globalization and Its Discontents, Revisited SEPHIS-Tulika Books, 2003, pp. 84 -100. 2003

13

“The Big Picture and the Little Picture: The Thematic Unity of the Workshop on Labour, Gender and the Family”, SEPHIS Newsletter, pp.18-22. 2001

14

Frank Matanga and Isaac Tarus, “The Land Question, War Veterans and the Politics of Transition in Kenya and Zimbabwe: A comparative Analysis”, in, Africa Debate Journal Vol. 2, Lisbon, Portugal, Edicao Associacao Academica Debate, pp.59-68. 2000

MA AND PHD SUPERVISION

Between 2008 and 2014 I have successfully supervised 14 MA History Candidates who have graduated. I have also successfully supervised one PhD student, Abraham Murgor. In addition, I was PhD External Examiner for Mark Leleruk, from Laikipia University, who graduated in 2014. I am currently Internally Examining one Egerton University PhD Candidate and several MA candidates.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

History of Taxation in Kenya (Initial funding by Egerton University and CODESRIA); Entrepreneurship among the Keiyo, 1920-1963;  Memory, Identity and Oral History of the Keiyo; Environmental History of the Elgeyo Escarpment (funded by Division of Research Egerton University), Ethnic nationalism and Violence in Kenya, History of Money and History of Tambach High School, 1926-2015.