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SUMMARY

Dr. Damaris Seleina Parsitau is a social scientist and a senior lecturer in religion and gender studies at Egerton University, Kenya. She is also the President of the African Association for the Study of Religion in Africa and Its Diaspora (AASR).

She is also a feminist scholar, a career educationist, a community mobilizer and an advocate for social justice, girls’ education and women and youth empowerment and leadership development!

Dr. Parsitau received her honors at Egerton University, MA at University of Nairobi and Ph.D. at Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is also a recipient of many prestigious fellowships including as a Research Associate at Harvard University, the Brookings Institutions, University of Cambridge, UK, University of Edinburgh, Scotland and University of South Africa (UNISA) among many others.

Her doctoral work was located with African Pentecostalism and its civic and gendered engagement. Her more recent research focuses on the intersections between religion, gender and sexuality in Africa with a special focus on women’s bodies, sexual and gender based violence, masculinities and patriarchal imaginaries in African Pentecostal Churches. She considers this to be a core emerging research focus for her within a contested social, political and religious space.

Dr. Parsitau has presented papers at several international conferences in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, and Cot d’ivoire, Ethiopia, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya among many others.

In 2018-2019, she was appointed as a visiting research associated and visiting Associate Professor by Harvard University’s Divinity School in the Women Studies in Religion Programme (WSRP) where she taught graduate students and undertook research for her upcoming book project. She also delivered public lectures to students and faculty at Harvard, Colby College in Maine and Calvin University in Michigan Grand Rapids and University of Leicester among others.

In 2017, she worked as an Echidna Global Scholar at the Washington DC based policy think tank, the Brookings Institutions, centre for Universal education where she researched on global issues in girls’ education. She presented her work in at the fringes of the UN general Assembly and many other fora. At the Brooking Institutions, she received training in policy writing, evidenced based research, policy communication and implementation, project management and a three year long leadership development training programme.            

Dr. Parsitau is widely published both in regional and international journals with articles that examines the intersections between religion, women’s bodies and sexualities. She has also published heavily on other themes in the fields of anthropology, gender and feminist studies, politics, media and sociology of religion. She considers herself a multi-disciplinary Scholar.

Dr Parsitau serves on the editorial board of several journals including as an editorial advisory board member of T&T Clark Studies in Social Ethics, Ethnography and Theology, Bloomsbury, African Journal of Gender and Religion, University of Western Cape in South Africa 2018, the Journal of Religion, Taylor and Francis and Journal of Modern African Studies, University of Cambridge Press 2017 among many others.  

In 2018, she was recognized by the Next Einstein Forum and Mawazo Institute as 1 of 20 Most Influential Kenyan Scientists in the Faces of Kenyan Science 2018 and one of a hundred most influential Kenyans.

Dr. Parsitau has won many research grants and consultancies with leading global institutions in the UK, USA, Europe, Canada and Africa and undertakes research with researchers from many universities around the world.

She is also a reviewer of projects, papers and an external examiner for various international universties and other research institutions. She has also examined thesis for global universities and supervised a large cohort of MA and Doctarol students in areas such gender and feminist studies, masculinities, cultural studies, women leadership, sexuality and violence studies.

Dr. Parsitau is a community mobilizers who runs two non-profit organizations: Let Maasai Girls Learn(LMGL) and Osotau Le Maa. She works tirelessly to mentor and inspire social and gendered change in her Maasai community and beyond.

Dr Parsitau is a social influencer, a policy blogger, and a columist with the Elephant.     

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • 2014: Doctor of Philosophy,  Kenyatta University
  • 2000: MA, University of Nairobi
  • 1992: BA, Egerton University
  • 1987: Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (A Level), Kipsigis Girls High School
  • 1985: Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (O Level), Narok Girls (Now Ole Tipis) Secondary School, Narok
  • 1980: Certificate of Primary Education (CPE), Oloshoibor Primary School, Kajiado County 
FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION

Religion and Gender Studies, Religion, Culture and Patriarchy, Religion and Human Rights, Religion and Girls Education, Religion, Gender and Governance, Religion, Gender and Sexual Based Violence, Religion, Gender and Peace Building, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Land and Women’s Rights, Social Diversity and Public Policy, Gender and Civic Engagement, Religion, Gender and Development, Religion, Gender and Public Life, Religion and Social JustReligion and Gender Studies, Religion, Culture and Patriarchy, Religion and Human Rights, Religion and Girls Education, Religion, Gender and Governance, Religion, Gender and Sexual Based Violence, Religion, Gender and Peace Building, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Land and Women’s Rights, Social Diversity and Public Policy, Gender and Civic Engagement, Religion, Gender and Development, Religion, Gender and Public Life, Religion and Social Justice Issues,  Religion, Health and HIV/AIDS, Religion, Gender and Climate Change, Religion, Gender and Society, Religion and the Youth Question,  African Pentecostalism and its Intersections with Gender, Women Leadership, Bodies, Sexuality, Embodiment, Citizenship and Ethnicity, Violence, Displacement and Social Change, youth, media and Feminism among many other multi-disciplinary studies ice Issues,  Religion, Health and HIV/AIDS, Religion, Gender and Climate Change, Religion, Gender and Society, Religion and the Youth Question,  African Pentecostalism and its Intersections with Gender, Women Leadership, Bodies, Sexuality, Embodiment, Citizenship and Ethnicity, Violence, Displacement and Social Change, youth, media and Feminism among many other multi-disciplinary studies 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

2019-2020: HORIZON 2020 Research Proposal Training Workshop:

  • Writing Successful Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF)
  • Successful Grant Proposal Writing
  • Understanding the Mind of the Evaluator

Marie Curie European Union, Horizon 2020 Coordinator, University of Uppsala, Sweden

2017-2018 Research Methods and Designs

  • Evidence based policy research
  • Policy making, implementation and communication 

Brookings Institutions, Washington DC

2016 • Two weeks induction courses on best practices in social science research:

  • Writing winning Proposal
  • publications and academic
  • Research Mentorship

 The Nagel Institute, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

2013-2015 • Trained in Orientation to Case Study Teaching (OCST) Course Alternative

  • Trained in Pedagogical Approaches to Course Development
  • Trainer for Trainers in Social Science Research Methodology

Partnership for African Social Science Research (PASGR)

2016-17 • Project Management, Evaluation and Monitoring

  • support for high quality Research and Strategies

The Urban Institute, Washington DC- A Leading Think Tank in the USA

2017 • Proposal writing

  • Academic mentorship

The Nagel Institute, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

2017 Trained Curriculum Development and Implementation
The Nagel Institute, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA

2017-2019 Developing Online Content for E-learning Harvard University

Egerton University

 

SHORT/LONG PROFESSIONAL AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

  • 2021: Women Leadership for Community Development COADY Leadership Institute Canada
  • 2018: Sexual and Gender based as well as Work related Violence Harvard University, USA
  • 2016: Gender and Disability Mainstreaming Egerton University/ African Centre for Transformative Governance, Nairobi
  • 2015: Integration of Gender and ICT in Leadership, Management and Governance Practices under Devolved Systems of Governance Africa’s Center for Transformative Governance, Nairobi
  • 2016: Gender, Leadership and Management in Higher Education Africa’s Centre for Transformational Leadership (ACTLIP), Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • 2017: Gender Mainstreaming and Sensitization Training Africa’s Centre for Transformative Governance, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2012-2018: Gender Mainstreaming Egerton University,
    PASGRA and other organizations
  • 2015: Gender, Peace and Security Training-Kofi Annan Peace Foundation ALC, Nairobi and the Kofi Annan Foundation for Peace

 

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMES AND EXPERIENCE

  • 2021: Advancing Women’s Leadership Conflict Transformation, Peace Building and Community Development. A Monthly leadership development programme on Adaptive Leadership in the age of pandemic COADY International Institute, Canada- May 2021
  • The Brookings Institutions, Washington DC in Partnership with Tomorrow Today-One year training to finish December 2018
    2020 One-year long Leadership Development Training Programme on the theme: Leading in a fast-Changing World The Brookings Institutions, Centre for Universal Education, Washington DC
  • 2017-2018 Girls Education Leadership Development Programmes: Positioning yourself as A thought leader in Girls’ education Brookings Institutions, Washington DC
  • 2015 Women and Transformational Leadership on the theme: How Women Lead Global Women Leadership Network (GWLN) San Francisco, California, USA 6 months Training
  • 2016-17 Women Leadership in Higher Education
    Women Economic growth Opportunities The Urban Institute, Washington DC- A Leading Think Tank in the USA
  • 2017 Being a Leader and the Effective of Ontological and Phenomenological Model- Leadership Development Training California State University Systems and Multi Media University, Kenya
  • 2017 Trainer of Trainers in the Women and Transformational Leadership Development Programmes Egerton University IWGDS
  • 2017 Founder of Women and Youth Transformational Leadership Development Programmes Egerton University
  • INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE BROOKINGS INSTITUTIONS, WASHINGTON DC, USA
    • Evidence-based policy research training
    • Policy making, implementation, dissemination and communication
    • Leadership development, capacity building, building network and collaborations
    • Leading and Managing Non-Profits
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • 2018-2019: Research Associating and Visiting Research Fellow, Women Studies in Religion Programme, Harvard’s Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, Boston USA 
  • 2017-2018: Echidna Global Scholar, Centre for Universal Education, Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA
  • 2015-2021: Senior Lecturer Department of PHR, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Institute of Women Gender and Development Studies Egerton University
  • 2012/19: Director Institute of Women, Gender & Development Studies (IWGDS) Egerton University
  • 2016-2019: Visiting Research Fellow and Post-Graduate Research Associate, University of South Africa-UNISA
  • 2008: Lecturer, Department of PHR, Egerton University, 
  • 2007/8 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK  
  • 2006: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1998: Assistant Lecturer Department of PHR, Egerton University
  • 1991: Tutorial Fellow/Graduate Assistant Department of PHR, Egerton University 

EXTERNAL EXAMINER/REVIEWER

  1. Kenyatta University, Department of Gender and Development Studies
  2. University of Zimbabwe and Fort Hare Depts of Philosophy and Religious Studies
  3. University of Toronto Centre for Social Justice Education (OISE), Canada
  4. University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa Dept of Theology
  5. University of South Africa-UNISA
  6. Desmond Tutu Centre for Social Justice, University of Western Cape, South Africa
  7. Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) Independent Reviewer of Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equality

EDITORIAL RESPONSIBLITIIES & MEMBERSHIP

  1. Editorial Advisory Board Member of T&T Clark Studies in Social Ethics, Ethnography and Theology, Bloomsbury https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/tt-clark-studies-in-social-ethics-ethnography-and-theology/
  2. Editorial Board Member African Journal of Gender and Religion, University of Western Cape, South Africa
  3. Editorial Board Member of Journal, Ethics and Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Bloomsbury T&T, USA
  4. Editorial board member, Journal Religion, Taylor and Francis: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=rrel20
  5. Editorial Board Member of Journal of Modern African Studies, University of Cambridge Press
  6. Editorial Board Member of Society for Theory of Religion and Theology, Leiden, BrilI
  7. Editorial Board Member for the Journal, Religion and Theology, A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse, University of South Africa, Section Editor, Religion Compass, African Religions, 2018
  8. Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Religion in Africa
  9. Editorial Board Member of the Babcock Journal of Social Sciences (BJSS), University of Babcock Nigeria

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES AND BOARD MEMBERSHIP & SERVICE

  1. Formerly Chair of the Board of the Institute of Women Gender and Development Studies Egerton University
  2. Board Member of the National Cohesion and National Integration Mainstreaming
  3. Formerly Board Member of Corruption Prevention Committee CPC, Egerton University
  4. Formerly Board Member of the Ethics Review and Research Committee-Egerton University
  5. Formerly Board Member of the University Tender Processing Committee
  6. Formerly Board Member of Deans Sub-Committee on Handling and Communication of Students Disciplinary Cases

INTERNATIONAL BOARD MEMBERSHIP

  1. Board Member, Child and Maternal Health Africa/Canada
  2. World Bicycle Relief (WBR) Organization
  3. International Board Member and Trustee for Serve the Planet, a global charity organization based at Cambridgeshire UK- 2021
  4. Nominated UNICEF Jury on Girls Education and Women Empowerment
  5. Board Member, Inside Out Learning (IOL), Kenya and USA-2019
  6. Board Member Let Maasai Girls Learn-Kenya and the Netherlands

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  1. Founder and Executive Director Let Maasai Girls Learn, an initiative that rallies local regional and global action to raise ambition for Maasai Girls Education
  2. Founder of Kenya Women Rising (KWR) and YOTLED- Leadership Development Programmes for Women and Youth at Egerton University
  3. Mentorship and Role model to a number of Maasai Girls in various schools and colleges.
  4. Advocacy work against Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriage in Nomadic Communities in Kenya.
  5. Patron of Egerton University Secretaries Club (2013-2018)
  6. Patron of the Male Students Leadership Programme
KEY PROJECTS
  • 2021-2025: Lead Gender expert for the PLC/USAID Kenya Youth Empowerment (KEY) Project with Michigan State University, Egerton University and USIU University 15,000,000 USD-
  • 2021: Michigan State University Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) Strategic Partnership Research Proposal and Workshop on School Related Gender and Sexual based Violence in Narok Counties with Drs. Jonathan Choti and Sarah Prior of Michigan University. 8,000 USD
  • 2020-2021: Arts and Humanity Research Network (AHRC) Grant for Research Network:   Gender, Sexuality and Religion in East Africa with University of Leeds, UK and University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 60, 000 UK Pounds
  • 2020-2021: Invoking the Sacred: Towards Alternative Strategies against Climate Conflict, Project sponsored by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and University of Groningen with Dr Joram Tarusarira 50,000 Euros
  • 2020-2023: John Templeton Grant: Modernization, Mega Churches and the Urban Face of Christianity in the Global South: a Multi Country Study of Africa (Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana), Brazil, Central America, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines and India- 1 million USD
  • 2021-2023: Templeton Pew Research Grant Project on the Social Science/Theology Dialogue, A Multi Country Study- 200,000 USA Dollars
  • 2018-2019: Research Grants for the African Theological Advanced Project sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts for a 10 Country Multi Study in which I am serve as a lead Consultant-Lead Project Consultant-200, 000 USD
  • 2016-2018: Research Grant Project Research Grant on Religious Innovations in Africa: ‘Propelled by the Spirit: Pentecostalism, Innovation and Competition in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Sponsored by the John Templeton Pew Charitable Trusts through the Nagel Institute, Grand Rapids Michigan, USA $200,000 USD
  • 2018-2018: CODESRIA’s (2018-2019) African Forum for Humanities, Science and Leadership Dialogues Grant-20,000USD
  • 2018: Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP), Institute for International Education (IIE) Carnegie Corporation of New York Awarded 20, 000 USD to develop Curriculum on Gender and Climate Change
  • 2016-2017: CODESRIA-African Diaspora Support for African Universities (2016-2017) Collaborative Award $ 30,000 for student training in Social Science Research Methodology- Given to CODESRIA’S AFRICAN DIASPORA SCHOLAR for the IWDGS
  • 2017: CODESRIA College of Mentors Award (2017) for 5 of my PH. D Students $ 20,000
  • 2016-2017: IDRC/Urban Institute Grant- Economic Opportunity Growth for Women: The Effects of Economic Growth on Women’s Economic Empowerment: A multidisciplinary and Multi Country Study: Case Studies from Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco and Nigeria sponsored by IDRC Canada- 200,000 USD
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Books and Co-Authored Manuscripts (In Press)

  1. D. S. Parsitau (2021) The Kingdom of Holy Women, Pure Girls and Born-Again Bodies: Pentecostalism, Sex and Women Bodies in an African Church forthcoming with Leiden Brill Publishers-December 2021
  2. Parsitau, D.S, Adogame, A, Bauman, C and Yip, J (2023) The Handbook of Megachurch Studies, Routledge, Taylor Francis Group
  3. Parsitau, D.S. Dwight R, Jr. & Eshun, D (2021) Guest Editors of Special Issue: Trans-Atlantic Black/African Voices in Mission Studies, in Journal Mission Studies, November 2021

PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS PUBLICATIONS

  1. Parsitau, D. S (2021) Law, Religion and the Politicization of Sexual Citizenship in Kenyain Journal of Law and Religion (JLR) volume 36, issue 1 (April 2021).
  2. Parsitau, D.S (2019) Women without Limits and Limited Women: Pentecostal Women Navigating between Empowerment and Disempowerment, in Journal for the Study of the Religions of Africa and its Diaspora 5.1 (August 2019):; http://www-a-asr.org/journal/
  3. Parsitau, D S and Van Klinken, (2018) Pentecostal Intimacies! Women and Intimate Citizenship in the Ministry of Repentance and Holiness in Kenya in Citizenship Studies Journal: Special Issue, Christianity, Sexuality and Citizenship in Africa Vol 1.22. No 16 (2018)-Republished as a book and Journal article
  4. Parsitau, D. S jointly with others (2018) The Use of Alternative Rights of Passage in FGM/C Abandonment Campaigns in Africa: A Research Opportunity, Leicester Institute of African Studies Working Paper Series, University of Leicester, UK, Vo 1.2018 https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/lias/index?acceptCookies=1
  5. Parsitau, D.S, Chitando, E and Nyamnjoh, H.M (2017) “Citizens of both Heaven and Earth”: Pentecostalism and Social Transformation in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya in Alternation Journal Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in South Africa, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Special Edition 19 (2017) 232-251, Electronic ISSN: 2519-5476 http://alternation.ukzn.ac.za/Files/articles/volume-24/special-edition/19/10-Chitando.pdf
  6. Parsitau, D S, Wane, N.N and Nyokangi, D.N (2018) Dangerous Spaces: Kenya’s Public Universities as Locus for Sexual and Gender Based Violence: A Case Study of Egerton University, Njoro Campus, in Canadian Women Studies (CWS) Journal Issues, ‘Sexual and Gender Violence in Education: Transnational and Global Perspectives’, Vol 32. No 1, 2 (2018)
  7. Parsitau D.S and Deacon Gregory (2017) Empowered to Submit: Pentecostal Women in Nairobi Navigation Culture, Journal of Religion and Society, Volume 19 (2017) The Kripke Centre, Creighton University, http://wwwhdl.handle.net/10504/109164
  8. Parsitau, D. S (2015 October) Building Bridges of Peace and Reconciliation? Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Religious Peace Building Initiatives in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province in Chimhanda, F H et all 2016, African Theological Reflections: Critical Voices on Liberation, Leadership, Gender and Eco-Justice, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, (University of South Africa) http://uir.unisa.ac.za
  9. Parsitau, D. S (2012) From Voices of the People to Discordant/Stifled Voices: Theological, Ethical and Social Political Voice and Noiselessness in a Multicultural/Religious Space, Perspectives from Kenya forthcoming in StudiaHistoriae Ecclesiaticae (SHE) Journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa, University of Pretoria, Vol 38(243-268) http://uir.unisa.ac.za
  10. Parsitau, D. S (2011) The Role of Faith and Faith Based Organizations among Internally Displaced Persons in Kenya, Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies, Special Issue, Faith Based Humanitarianism in Contexts of Forced Displacements 24 (3) 2011- 493-512
  11. Parsitau, D.S, Kamaara, E.K, Gumo-Kurgat & Kayeli, E. (2010) “Doing Theology in the Context of Globalization: Perspectives from Kenya,” Concilium, Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Madras India, Volume XLVI, (141-164) 2010 Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese versions can be accessed at www.queriniana.it
  12. Parsitau, D.S, Browning, M.S, Chamwama, E.K, Kamaara, E. K Sussy-GumoKurgat, Reimer-Barry, E., Vasko, E and Viau, V (2010): “Listening to Experience, Looking Towards Flourishing: Ethnography as a Global Feminist Theo/ethical Praxis” Practical Matters, A Trans-disciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Emory University USA, Issue 3 Spring, 2010. This article can be accessed at www.practicalmattersjournal.org
  13. Parsitau, D.S. (2010) Wounded Hearts, Unbroken Spirits: Stories of Survival among Women IDP and Survivors of GBVs in Kenya, in Browning, M.S (et al,) “Listening to Experience, Looking Towards Flourishing: Ethnography as a Global Feminist Theo/ethical Praxis “Practical Matters, A Trans-disciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Emory University USA Issue 3 Spring, 2010. This article can be accessed at www.practicalmattersjournal.org   and is available in German and Spanish
  14. Parsitau, D.S (2010) “God in the City”: Pentecostalism as an Urban Phenomenon in Kenya, with Mwaura, P.N in Studia Historiae Ecclesiaticae (SHE) Journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa, University of Pretoria 36. (2).95-112.
  15. Parsitau, D.S (2009). ‘Keep Holy Distance and Abstain till He Comes’: Interrogating a Pentecostal Church Discourses and Engagements with HIV/AIDS and the Youth in Kenya, Africa Today, Indiana University Press Journals, (Special Issue Christianity and HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa), 56. (1). 44-64.
  16. Parsitau, D.S (2009) The Role of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in Kenya’s 2007 General Elections with Kinyanjui, F.K in Orita, Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies, XLI/II 158-178
  17. Parsitau, D.S (2008). ‘Sounds of Change and Reform:’ The Appropriation of Gospel Music in Political Process in Kenya, Studies in World Christianity Series, University of Edinburgh 14 (1) 55-72.
  18. Parsitau, D.S (2008). God Vs. Allah: Islam, Pentecostal Christianity and the Contest for Public Space in Kenya, of Singapore National University International Sociological Association (ISA), E-bulletin, Issue 3 (10) 3-43.
  19. Parsitau, D.S. 2011: Rethinking the Socio-Political Impact and Significance of Pentecostal Christianity in Kenya (1970-2009). In: Ndarangwi, M.N, Ed. Jesus and Ubuntu: Exploring the Social Impact of Christianity in Africa. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, pp.123-145, www.africaworldpressbooks.com
  20. Parsitau, D.S. 2011: Arise oh ye Daughters of Faith: Pentecostalism, Women and Public Culture in Kenya. In: England, H, Ed. Christianity and Public Culture in Africa, Ohio University Press, pp.131- 148.
  21. Parsitau, D.S (2007). ‘From the Periphery to the Centre:’ the Pentecostalization of Mainline Christianity in Kenya, in Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, Acad SA Publishers (Special Issue on African Pentecostalism), 35. (3). 83- 111.
  22. Parsitau, D.S. 2008: The Impact of Structural Adjustments Programmes (SAPS) on the Health Status of Women in Kenya. In: Martyn Sama & Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Eds. Governing Health Systems in Africa. Dakar: CODESRIA, pp.191-200

PEER REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Parsitau, D.S (2020); Praying for Husbands: Single Women Negotiating Faith and Patriarchy in Contemporary Kenya, the Palgrave Handbook of African Social Ethics(Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, pp69-91
  2. Parsitau D.S (2020), Engaging Youth for a Culture of Peace and Security in Kenya: The Role of Faith Based/Inspired Organizations and other Non-State Actors in JoramTarusarira and Ezra Chitando (2020), Themes in Religion and Human Security in Africa, Taylor and Francis Group
  3. Parsitau, D S and Aura, R. O (2020) The Role of Religion and Faith Actors in Violence against Women and Girls in Africa: Challenges, Tensions and Promise, in Olajumoke and Toyin Falola eds, (2020), The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007%2F978-3-319-77030-7?page=2#toc
  4. Parsitau, D S and Aura, R.O (2020) Alternative Rites of Passage and Other Responses to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Global Perspective: Case Studies and Lessons from Africa Olajumoke and Toyin Falola eds, (2020), The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007%2F978-3-319-77030-7?page=2#toc
  5. Parsitau, D.S (2020) Women without Limits and Limited Women: Pentecostal Women Navigating between Empowerment and Disempowerment, in Francis B. Nyamnjoh and Joel Carpenter 2020, Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa, African Bok Collective, UK, Volume 1,http://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/christianity-and-social-change-in-contemporary-africa-volume-one
  6. Parsitau, D.S (2020) God in the Village: The Dynamics of Rural Pentecostalism and Development in Maasailand, in Dion Foster, Elizabeth, Goran Gunner (2019); Freedom of Religious at State: Competing Claims among Faith Tradition, States and Person: Church of Sweden Research Series: Volume 8 WIPF and Stock Publishers, Page 88
  7. Parsitau, D.S (2020) Islamophobia or Space Contestations! Christian Churches and the Kadhi Courts Controversy during the Constitution Review Process in Kenya (1990-2010) in Adogame, A, Williams, C and Adefunke, O (2019), Fighting for God or Fighting in God’s Name: Religion, Conflict, Violence and Tolerance in Local- Global Perspectives: Conflict and Security Series in the Developing World, Chapter : https://rowman.com/Action/SERIES/_/LEXCSD/Conflict-and-Security-in-the-Developing-World
  8. Parsitau, D S (2018) Soft Tongue, Powerful Voice, Huge Influence: The Dynamics of Gender, Soft Power and Political Influence in Faith Evangelistic Ministries in Kenya, in Afolayan, A (ed) (2018), African Histories and Modernities Series: Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa, Palgrave Macmillan; Chapter 9. Pages 159-179
  9. Parsitau, D S and Van Klinken, (2018) Pentecostal Intimacies! Women and Intimate Citizenship in the Ministry of Repentance and Holiness in Kenya, Adriaan Van Klinken   2018, Christianity, Sexuality and Citizenship In Africa, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group:https://www.routledge.com/Christianity-Sexuality-and-Citizenship-in-Africa/Klinken-Obadare/p/book/9780367141523- Republished
  10. Parsitau, D.S (2017), Taming Rogue Clergy and Churches: God, Scandals and Government and Religious Regulations in Kenya, in Green, C (2017) et al, Religious Pluralism, Heritage and Social Development in Africa, Sun MeDIA, Stellenbosch, African Consortium for Law and Religious Studies (ACLARS), Brigham Young University, www.afriacnsunmedia.co.za
  11. Parsitau, D. S (2017) Engaging the Custodians of Tradition and Culture: Leveraging the Role of Multiple Actors in Maasai Girls’ Education, Global Scholars Policy Brief, Center for Universal Education (CUE), Brookings Institutions, Washington DC https://www.brookings.edu/research/engaging-the-custodians-of-tradition-and-culture-leveraging-the-role-of-multiple-actors-in-maasai-girls-education/
  12. Parsitau, D. S (2016) Prophets, Power, Authority and the Kenyan State: Prophet Owuor of the National Repentance and Holiness and Ministry, in Coertzen, P et al (2016) Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and limitations, African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) Sun MeDIA, Stellenbosch University, South Africa www.afriacnsunmedia.co.za
  13. Parsitau, D.S (2015) Embodying Holiness: Gender, Sex, Bodies and Patriarchal Imaginaries in a Neo-Pentecostal Church in Kenya, in Augustine Agwuele (2014), Body Talk and Cultural Identity in the African World, Equinox Publishers, Texas State University, USA. ISBN-13- 9781782791851 www.equinoxpub.com
  14. Parsitau D S (2015 November) The Role of Faith and Faith Based Organizations among the Internally Displaced in Kenya, in James A. Beckford (2015) Migration and Religion, Edward Elgar Publishing House UK ISMN no 9781783472574- Republished
  15. Parsitau, D.S (2014), Pentecostalising the Church of Scotland? The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) and the Pentecostal Challenge in Kenya (1970-2010), in Adogame, A and Lawrence A (2014), Scotland in Africa, Africa in Scotland: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Hybridities, Leiden Brill, Netherlands, (pages 230-252), brill.com/aegis. ISSN-1574-6925
  16. Parsitau, D.S & Mwaura, and P.N (2013) Gendered Charisma: Women in Mission in Neo-Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in Kenya in Lieneman-Perrin (et al) (2012), Putting Names with Faces: Women’s Impact in Mission History, Abingdon Press (Pages 123-146) www.abingdonpress.com ISBN 13:976-1-4267-5839-3
  17. Parsitau, D.S (2012) Agents of Gendered Change: NGOs and Pentecostal Movements as Agents of Social Transformation in Urban Kenya, in Freeman, D (2012), The Pentecostal Ethic and the Spirit of Development: Churches, NGO and Social Change in Neo-Liberal Africa, Palgrave Macmillan http:/www.palgrave.com (Pages 203-220)
  18. Parsitau, D.S &Mwaura, P.N (2012) Perceptions of Women’s Health and Rights in Christian New Religious Movements in Kenya, in Adogame, A (eds) African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa: Emerging Trends in Indigenous Spirituality and the Interface with other world, Ashgate Publishers www.ashgate.com (Pages 175-186).
  19. Parsitau, D.S (2012) Gospel Music in Africa: Contemporary Christian Music in Africa between the Sacred and Profane in Bongmba, E. K (2011), Religious Music in Africa, Willey Blackwell Companion to African Religions, First Edition, Blackwell Publishing Limited 2012, (pages 489-510), www.willeyblackwell.com
  20. Parsitau, D.S (2011) Rethinking the Socio-Political Impact and Significance of Pentecostal Christianity in Kenya (1970-2009) in Ndarangwi, M.N (2011) Jesus and Ubuntu: Exploring the Social Impact of Christianity in Africa, Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, p.123-145 www.africaworldpressbooks.com
  21. Parsitau, D.S (2011). Arise oh ye Daughters of Faith: Pentecostalism, Women and Public Culture in Kenya, in England, H (2011) Christianity and Public Culture in Africa, Ohio University Press P. 131- 148.
  22. Parsitau, D.S &Mwaura, N.J (2010)Gospel without Borders: “Gender Dynamics of Transnational Religious Movements in Kenya and the Kenyan Diaspora, with Mwaura, P.N, in Afe Adogame& Jim Spickard (2010), Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden Netherlands, Religions Crossing Boundaries: Transnational Religious Dynamics in Africa and the New African Diaspora 185-210.
  23. Parsitau, D.S (2008) ‘The Impact of Structural Adjustments Programmes (SAPS) on the Health Status of Women in Kenya” in Martyn Sama &Vinh-Kim Nguyen (eds.), 2008 Governing Health Systems in Africa, Dakar: CODESRIA, 191-200.

Published Book Reviews

  1. Parsitau, D.S (2020), Book Review: Kenya Christian Queer; Religion, LGBT Activism and Arts Resistance in Africa, Adriaan Van Klinken, The Pennsylvania State University Press in Conversation Africa, https://theconversation.com/book-review-kenyan-christian-queer-is-a-powerful-departure-from-despair-130901
  2. Parsitau, D.S (2020) Book Review: Kenya Christian Queer Religion, LGBT Activism and Arts Resistance in Africa, Adriaan Van Klinken: https://theconversation.com/book-review-kenyan-christian-queer-is-a-powerful-departure-from-despair-130901
  3. Parsitau, D.S book review of Yonatan Geez (2018) Traditional Churches, Born Again Christianity and Pentecostalism: Religious Mobility and Religious Repertoires in Kenya

HIGH IMPACT POLICY BRIEFS/BLOGS/PUBLICATIONS/EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

  1. Parsitau D.S (2021) Invisible lives, Missing Voices! Putting Women and Girls at the Centre of Post- Covid 19 Recovery and Reconstruction, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2021/01/28/invisible-lives-missing-voices-putting-women-and-girls-at-the-center-of-post-covid-19-recovery-and-reconstruction/
  2. Parsitau, D.S and Evelyn Jepkemei (2020), How School Closures During COVID-19 19 Further Marginalizes Vulnerable Children in Kenya, Brookings Institutions, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2020/05/06/how-school-closures-during-covid-19-further-marginalize-vulnerable-children-in-kenya/
  3. Parsitau, D. S (2018) How Outlawing FGM has driven it underground and led to its Medicalization in Kenya, Brookings Institutions’ Blog Series Forthcoming June 20th 2018https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/06/19/how-outlawing-female-genital-mutilation-in-kenya-has-driven-it-underground-and-led-to-its-medicalization/
  4. Parsitau, DS (2018) Dialogues on the persistence of FGM despite the ban in Kenya at Leicester University, UK with Dr Lotte Hugh and Grace Wamue-Ngare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXaYS-0e_t0
  5. Parsitau, D.S (2018) Cutting Girls for Money! How Banning FGM in Kenya has Driven it Underground and Led to its Medicalization, Echidna Global Scholars Policy Blog Series, Brookings Institutions, Washington DC https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/06/19/how-outlawing-female-genital-mutilation-in-kenya-has-driven-it-underground-and-led-to-its-medicalization/
  6. Parsitau, D. S (2017) Engaging the Custodians of Tradition and Culture: Leveraging the Role Multiple Actors in Maasai Girls’ Education, Global Scholars Policy Brief, Center for Universal Education (CUE), Brookings Institutions, Washington DC https://www.brookings.edu/research/engaging-the-custodians-of-tradition-and-culture-leveraging-the-role-of-multiple-actors-in-maasai-girls-education/
  7. Parsitau, D S (2017) How young Men can Change Gender and Social Norms of the Maasai People to Support Girls Education, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus development/2017/11/07/how-young-men-can-change-gender-and-social-norms-of-the-maasai-people-to-support-girls-education/
  8. Parsitau, D S. (2017) How Girls Education Intersects with Maasai Culture in Kenya https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2017/07/25/how-girls-education-intersects-with-maasai-culture-in-kenya/
  9. Parsitau, D.S 2017 Linking Policy Action to Community Engagement in Maasai Girls Education, video Interview: https://www.brookings.edu/research/engaging-the-custodians-of-tradition-and-culture-leveraging-the-role-of-multiple-actors-in-maasai-girls-education/
  10. Parsitau, D. S (2018) Robbed dreams! How Teenage Pregnancy is keeping Girls out of School in Kenya and why we should care-forthcoming June 2018 policy blog series Brookings Institution, Washington DC
  11. Parsitau, D.S (2019), Early Pregnancy? Sex Education is the Answer! Kajiado County News 2019 Edition

Webinar Lecturers and Interview Publications

  1. Parsitau, D.S (2021) Women in Policy: Promoting Education and Fighting Gender Based Violence in Kenya and Zambia; published interview by the Innovations for Poverty Action, a policy think Tank: https://www.poverty-action.org/blog/women-policy-promoting-education-and-fighting-gender-based-violence-zambia-and-kenya
  2. Parsitau, D. S. 2020: Religion in the Age of COVID 19, Damaris Speaks with The Elephants. https://www.theelephant.info/videos/2020/04/06/religion-in-the-age-of-coronavirus-dr-damaris-parsitau-speaks/
  3. Parsitau, D.S. 2020: The Impact of Covid 19 on Gender in Kenya, University of Nairobi Webinar Series May 16
  4. University of Pretoria. 2020. Webinar Series Reflections on COVID-19, Gender and Race, 10/July
  5. University of Pretoria. 2020: Webinar Series on the Theme of A safe Green and Just City: The Imperative on Scholarship July 24th
  6. Parsitau, D.S. 2020: Religion in the Age of Coronavirus: https://www.theelephant.info/features/2020/03/23/religion-in-the-age-of-coronavirus/
  7. Parsitau, D. S (2020) Hosted Webinar on the Covid19: Education and the Crisis of Teenage Pregnancy in Maasai land, 21st August 2020.

HIGH IMPACT POLICY BRIEFS/BLOGS/PUBLICATIONS/EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

  1. Parsitau D.S (2021) Invisible lives, Missing Voices! Putting Women and Girls at the Centre of Post- Covid 19 Recovery and Reconstruction, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2021/01/28/invisible-lives-missing-voices-putting-women-and-girls-at-the-center-of-post-covid-19-recovery-and-reconstruction/
  2. Parsitau, D.S and Evelyn Jepkemei (2020), How School Closures During COVID-19 19 Further Marginalizes Vulnerable Children in Kenya, Brookings Institutions, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2020/05/06/how-school-closures-during-covid-19-further-marginalize-vulnerable-children-in-kenya/
  3. Parsitau, D. S (2018) How Outlawing FGM has driven it underground and led to its Medicalization in Kenya, Brookings Institutions’ Blog Series Forthcoming June 20th 2018https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/06/19/how-outlawing-female-genital-mutilation-in-kenya-has-driven-it-underground-and-led-to-its-medicalization/
  4. Parsitau, DS (2018) Dialogues on the persistence of FGM despite the ban in Kenya at Leicester University, UK with Dr Lotte Hugh and Grace Wamue-Ngare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXaYS-0e_t0
  5. Parsitau, D.S (2018) Cutting Girls for Money! How Banning FGM in Kenya has Driven it Underground and Led to its Medicalization, Echidna Global Scholars Policy Blog Series, Brookings Institutions, Washington DC https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/06/19/how-outlawing-female-genital-mutilation-in-kenya-has-driven-it-underground-and-led-to-its-medicalization/
  6. Parsitau, D. S (2017) Engaging the Custodians of Tradition and Culture: Leveraging the Role Multiple Actors in Maasai Girls’ Education, Global Scholars Policy Brief, Center for Universal Education (CUE), Brookings Institutions, Washington DC https://www.brookings.edu/research/engaging-the-custodians-of-tradition-and-culture-leveraging-the-role-of-multiple-actors-in-maasai-girls-education/
  7. Parsitau, D S (2017) How young Men can Change Gender and Social Norms of the Maasai People to Support Girls Education, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus development/2017/11/07/how-young-men-can-change-gender-and-social-norms-of-the-maasai-people-to-support-girls-education/
  8. Parsitau, D S. (2017) How Girls Education Intersects with Maasai Culture in Kenya https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2017/07/25/how-girls-education-intersects-with-maasai-culture-in-kenya/
  9. Parsitau, D.S 2017 Linking Policy Action to Community Engagement in Maasai Girls Education, video Interview: https://www.brookings.edu/research/engaging-the-custodians-of-tradition-and-culture-leveraging-the-role-of-multiple-actors-in-maasai-girls-education/
  10. Parsitau, D. S (2018) Robbed dreams! How Teenage Pregnancy is keeping Girls out of School in Kenya and why we should care-forthcoming June 2018 policy blog series Brookings Institution, Washington DC
  11. Parsitau, D.S (2019), Early Pregnancy? Sex Education is the Answer! Kajiado County News 2019 Edition

Media Publications/Opinion Pieces to Shape Public Policy

  1. Parsitau D.S (2021): The Clergy and the Politicians: An unholy Alliance https://www.theelephant.info/culture/2021/04/09/the-clergy-and-politicians-an-unholy-alliance/
  2. Parsitau, D.S 2020: Religion in the Age of Coronavirus: https://www.theelephant.info/features/2020/03/23/religion-in-the-age-of-coronavirus/
  3. Parsitau, D S (2020), Jesus Christ, The Feminist who unlocked Women’s Potential, The Elephant https://www.theelephant.info/features/2020/03/06/jesus-christ-the-feminist-who-unlocked-womens-potential/
  4. Parsitau, D.S (2020) Wanjinga Nation: The Rising Popularity of Protest Music in Kenya, The Elephant: https://www.theelephant.info/features/2020/01/25/wajinga-nation-the-rising-popularity-of-protest-music-in-kenya/
  5. Parsitau, D.S (2020) Wanjinga Nation: The Rising Popularity of Protest Music in Kenya, The Elephant: https://www.theelephant.info/features/2020/01/25/wajinga-nation-the-rising-popularity-of-protest-music-in-kenya/
  6. Parsitau, D.S (2019), For the Love of Money: Kenya’s False Prophets and their Wicked and Bizarre Deeds, The Elephant, https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/09/12/for-the-love-of-money-kenyas-false-prophets-and-their-wicked-and-bizarre-deeds/
  7. Parsitau, D.S (2019), For the Love of Money: Kenya’s False Prophets and their Wicked and Bizarre Deeds, The Elephant, https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/09/12/for-the-love-of-money-kenyas-false-prophets-and-their-wicked-and-bizarre-deeds/
  8. Parsitau, D.S (2019), For the Love of Money: Kenya’s False Prophets and their Wicked and Bizarre Deeds, The Elephant, https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/09/12/for-the-love-of-money-kenyas-false-prophets-and-their-wicked-and-bizarre-deeds/
  9. Parsitau, D.S (2019), For the Love of Money: Kenya’s False Prophets and their Wicked and Bizarre Deeds, The Elephant, https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/09/12/for-the-love-of-money-kenyas-false-prophets-and-their-wicked-and-bizarre-deeds/
  10. Parsitau, D.S (2019), For the Love of Money: Kenya’s False Prophets and their Wicked and Bizarre Deeds, The Elephant, https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/09/12/for-the-love-of-money-kenyas-false-prophets-and-their-wicked-and-bizarre-deeds/
  11. Parsitau, D.S (2019), For the Love of Money: Kenya’s False Prophets and their Wicked and Bizarre Deeds, The Elephant, https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/09/12/for-the-love-of-money-kenyas-false-prophets-and-their-wicked-and-bizarre-deeds/
  12. Parsitau, D.S (2019), Religious Charlatans and Why Christians Fall for them, https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/09/19/religious-charlatans-and-why-christians-fall-for-them/
  13. Parsitau D.S (2019) Violent Theologies, Women’s Bodies and the ‘Church Business’ in Kenya, The Elephant https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/10/31/violent-theologies-womens-bodies-and-church-business-in-kenya/
  14. Parsitau, D. S (2019) Body Shaming in Prophet Owour’s Misogynistic Ministry https://www.theelephant.info/features/2019/11/21/body-shaming-in-prophet-owuors-misogynistic-ministry/

PEER REVIEWED WORKING PAPERS

  1. Parsitau, D. S (2021), Weddings and Not a Sexy Affair! Youth Sexuality, Embodiment and Moral Imaginaries in a Neo-Pentecostal church in Kenya, in Jacob Olupona, Evangelicals and Politics in Africa
  2. Parsitau, DS 2021 Throw away those Crutches and get healed in Jesus Name: Pentecostal Healing Approaches towards Persons with Disabilities (PWDS) in Kenya Religion and Development Series in Chitando, E (2020) Religion and Development in Africa, Bamberg University Press-forthcoming 2018
  3. Parsitau, D.S and Ugba, Abel (2021) Face booking God, you tube Sermons and Prophecy:   Social Media Use and the Making of the Mightiest Prophet of God: The Case of the Ministry of Repentance and Holiness, in Journal of Religion and Media forthcoming.
  4. Parsitau, D.S (2021), Sweet Melodies! Pioneer Maasai Women Gospel Musicians between Cultural Transmission, Gendered Change and Pentecostal Christianity in Kenya, in Adogame, A, et Al (2021), Topographies of African Spiritualities: Essays in Honor of Jacob Olupona, Oxford University Press 2021
  5. Parsitau, D.S (2021) Pentecostal Prophecy as Soft Power: The Interplay between Gender, Politics, Prophecy and Soft Power in African Pentecostalism.
  6. Parsitau, D. S and Mombo, E (2021), African Women Voices Theologians’ Reflections on Black Lives Matter and the Meaning of Breath, in Parsitau, D. S. et. al (2021) Special Issue; Trans-Atlantic Black African Voices in Mission Studies.  
  7. Parsitau, D. S (2021) Holy Misogyny! The Interplay between Religion, Women’s Bodies and Sexual Citizenship in Kenya in Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion, Gender and Sexuality 2021.
  8. Parsitau, D. S (2021) Resisting the Shadows of Patriarchy! Evangelical Women, Leadership and Civic Engagement in Kenya: The Case of Reverend Linda Ochola Alodwa in Festschrift in Honor of Professor Joel Carpenter
  9. Parsitau, D. S and Okello Ogera (2021) Kenya’s Spiritual President and the ‘Seal’ of all Prophets: The Cult of Prophet David Owuor and the Making of a Religio-Political Movement in Kenya in International Journal of Historical Studies, Boston University Press, https://www.bu.edu/africa/publications/ijahs/articlesub/
  10. Parsitau, D. S and Tarusarira, J (2021) Religion and Climate change in Chitando, E and Tarusarira, J 2021: African Perspectives on Religion and Climate change, London and New York, Routledge 2021
  11. Parsitau D S (2021) Pentecostal Prophecy as Soft Power: The Interplay between Gender, Prophecy and Soft Power in African Pentecostalism in Ogunnubi, O and Folarin, S (2021), Religion and Soft Power in African Politics
  12. Parsitau, D.S and Okello Ogera, (2020) Are Churches Essential Services? Religion, Public Health Policies and the Politicization of Covid19 in East Africa, Kenya, Journal of Religion in Africa forthcoming 2021
  13. Parsitau, D. S and Nyakwaka, D. (2021): Between Patriarchy and the Law! The History of the Women’s Movement in Kenya, forthcoming Nasong’o Shadrack, Toyin Falola and Maurice Amutabi (2021), The Palgrave Macmillan Handbook of Kenya and Its History
  14. Parsitau, D S (2020) Access Denied! The Man of God is too busy Doing God’s Business to see you! Methodological and Theoretical Challenges of Access in Studying African Pentecostalism in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya
CONFERENCES & INVITED PRESENTATIONS

KEYNOTE/PUBLIC LECTURES DELIVERED

  1. The Kingdom of Holy Women and Pure Girls: Pentecostalism, Sex and Women Bodies in and African Church, a public Lecture delivered at the Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, Boston USA on April 3rd 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocM2qXrBtio
  2. The Kingdom of Holy Women: Pentecostalism, Sex and Women Bodies in an African Church, a Public Lecture delivered at Colby College, Maine USA on 8th April 2019
  3. The Kingdom of Holy Women: Pentecostalism, Sex and Women Bodies in an African Church, at Calvin College, Michigan Grand Rapids, USA 11th April 2019, https://calvin.edu/calendar/event.html?id=2623fac5-5dbc-40ae-a358-b89580eeec88
  4. Parsitau, D.S. (2017) Multiple Marginalities, Enslaving Culture! Maasai Women Navigating Culture, Tradition and Patriarchy in their Quest for Political Leadership in Kenya, a lecture delivered at the Forum for African Studies, University of Uppsala, Sweden on February 23rd 2017 http://www.afrikastudier.uu.se/en/events/multiple-marginalities-enslaving-culture

 

PAPERS PRESENTED AND KEYNOTE LECTURERS AT CONFERENCES/WORKSHOP

  1. Parsitau, D. S (2019) “Born Again Warrior: Young Pentecostal Pastors, Social Mobility and Spiritual Contestations in the Dominion Chapel Ministries International Conference in Kenya.” A paper presented at the Conference on A well Led Life: Honor, Authority and Wealth in East Africa, held at the French Embassy-IFRA, Nairobi July 25th -26th 2019
  2. Parsitau, D. S (2019) “Pentecostals and Political Culture in Kenya: Two Case Studies: Different Scripts.” A paper presented at the Christianity as Politics in Africa Workshop held at the University of Lund, Sweden 3rd -5th June 2019
  3. Parsitau, D.S (2019) Participated in a two- day training workshop organized by Marie Curie Fellowship, University of Uppsala Sweden 11th -12th June 2019
  4. Parsitau, D. S (2019) “The Kingdom of Holy Women: Gender, Sex and Purity in the Kings Outreach Ministries in Kenya.” A paper presented at the Evangelical Christianity and Transformation in Africa Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, May 23rd-24th, 2019
  5. Parsitau, D.S (2018) Born Again Bodies or Controlled Bodies? Researching Women Bodies and its intersections with Gender and Sexuality in a Kenyan Neo-Pentecostal Church.” A paper presented at Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, New York March 24th-26th 2019
  6. Parsitau, D. S (2018) The Evil Trinity! God, Tribe and the Politics of Religious Mobilization and Ethnic Competitions in Kenya’s General Elections (2013-2017).” A Paper presented at the 8th AASR Conference in Lusaka Zambia July 2018
  7. Organized and sponsored 2 Public lectures at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences by Executive Secretary CODESRIA AND Prof Wanjala Nasong’o, USA
  8. Parsitau, D.S. (2017) Multiple Marginalities, Enslaving Culture! Maasai Women Navigating Culture, Tradition and Patriarchy in their Quest for Political Leadership in Kenya, a lecture delivered at the Forum for African Studies, University of Uppsala, Sweden on February 23rd 2017 http://www.afrikastudier.uu.se/en/events/multiple-marginalities-enslaving-culture
  9. Parsitau, D.S (2018) A Break with the Past or Forced Raptures: Continuities, Discontinuities and Tensions in Female Genital Mutilation and Alternative Rites of Passage (ARPs) in Kenya, a Keynote Lecturer presented at a research workshop on Alternative Rites of Passage at the Leicester Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Leicester, UK, 8th to 9th    March 2018
  10. Parsitau, D.S (2018) Liberative Constitution, Enslaving Cultures: Which way for Pastoralist Women Contesting Public Life, A paper presented at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia USA March 2018
  11. The Kingdom of Holy Women and Pure Girls: Tension, Trends and Raptures in Pentecostal Gender and Family Relations in Kenya, a Keynote Lecturer Delivered at the 10th Glopent Conference held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, February 9th-10th 2018
  12. Engaging Youth for a Sustainable Culture of Peace and Security in Kenya: Faith Based Organizations and other Non-State Actors in Youth De-radicalization Programmes- a paper delivered at to Post graduate students at Groningen University, Netherlands on 12th February 2018
  13. Access Denied! The Man of God is too busy Doing God’s Business to see you! Methodological and Theoretical Challenges of Access in Studying African Pentecostalism in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, a paper delivered at the International Interdisciplinary Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey USA 18th-22nd January 2018  
  14. Parsitau D.S (2016) Engaging Youth for a Sustainable Culture of Peace and Security in Kenya: Faith Based Organizations and other Non-State Actors in Youth De-radicalization Programmes- a paper delivered at the SSSR Conference at the Wardman Park, Washington DC October 2017
  15. Women without Limits and Limited Women: Pentecostal Women Navigating between Empowerment and Disempowerment. A paper presented at the Nagel Institute Conference in Cote De Voire, July 2017
  16. Multiple Marginalities, Enslaving Culture! Maasai Women Navigating Culture, Tradition and Patriarchy in their Quest for Political Leadership in Kenya, a Keynote Lecturer Delivered at the African Nordic Institute, Uppsala, Sweden February 2017
  17. Parsitau, D. S (2016) Transition and Continuity: Re-inventing and Re-assessing Women Alternative Rites of Passage among the Maasai of Kenya, a paper delivered at a seminar at the British Institute in East Africa Nairobi on the theme of Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution April 4-5 2016.
  18. Turning Boys into Men: The Quest for Transformed Masculinities in Selected Faith Based Organizations in the Context of the Prevailing Family Crisis in Kenya, a paper delivered at a conference on Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Ghana July 28-30th 2016
  19.  Researching Women Bodies as an Insider: Personal reflections of my experiences working with Women and Girls in Kenya, a paper delivered at the AASR Conference on Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Ghana July 28-30th 2016
  20. Taming Hateful Fingers and Rogue Clergy: Social Media, the Youth and Religious Hate Speech in Kenya, a Paper Presented at the Fourth Annual African Law and Religion Conference in Addis Ababa University Law School, Ethiopia on May 22-24 2016
  21. Covering up for the One! Youth, Sex, Intimacy and Moral Imaginaries in a Neo-Pentecostal church in Kenya, A paper presented at a conference at Boston University, USA Nov 26th 2017
  22. Agency and Voice: Empowering Women and Girls for a better Future, a paper delivered at a gender sensitization workshop in Nairobi 2017
  23. ‘Women’s Empowerment and Its link to Sustainable Development a speech delivered on 16th Annual Gender Awareness Day 13/10/2016, Egerton University

INTERNATIONAL PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND PARTICIPATION

  1. Parsitau, D.S (2021) March 8th: The Big Shift, Eliminating Barriers to Girls Education Sponsored by UNICEF, USA and World Bicycle Relief, in Celebration of International Women’s Day.
  2. Participated in the Girls’ Education Research and Policy Symposium (8th Nov 2017), Brookings Institutions, Washington DC: Reaching the Most Marginalized: Fireside chat: working with the Maasai Leaders to Promote Girls’ Education in Maasai land, can be viewed https://www.brookings.edu/events/girls-education-research-and-policy-symposium-reaching-the-most-marginalized/
  3. Participated in a fireside Panel Discussion on Global Challenges facing Girls’ Quest for Education, UN General Assembly, September 22nd 2017, New York, USA  
  4. Participated in a panel with President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), fellows at the Brookings Institutions on the Role of Youth in African Development, October 17th 2017 Brookings Institutions, Washington DC, USA
  5. Participated in a live webcast Panel Discussion at the Urban Institute Washington DC titled How Can Economic Growth Include Women in the Global South? May 6th 2016 The Panel was Sponsored by IDRC Canada, Urban Institute Washington DC http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/womens_global_empowerment_-_event_agenda.pdf
  6. Participated in several panel Discussions on Making Growth Work for Women in low Income Countries at Washington DCs leading think tanks namely Urban Institute, World Bank, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the Brookings Institutions (May 1st to 11th 2016https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXaYS-0e_t0
  7. Participated in a Panel Discussion on Girls Collaborative Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education (CHARGE) Initiative at the Centre for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brooking Institution Washington DC. This panel focused on policy issues in women empowerment particularly girls Education May 2016
  8. Participated in panel discussions and round table series on Cultural Rights in Action from Global Policy to Local Practice at the British Institute in East Africa (Kenya) on 20th April 2016. I spoke about the tensions between law and culture: can culture be criminalized?
  9. Participated in a Panel on Religion and Hate Speech in Africa at the Fourth Annual African Law and Religion Conference May 22-24 22-24 2016 ADDIS Ababa University Law School, Ethiopia on theme of Religious Pluralism, Heritage and Social Development in Africa. In this panel, I presented a paper titled Taming Hateful Fingers: Social Media, the Youth and Religious Hate Speech in Kenya
  10. Why it makes sense to invest in Women and Girls in Education and Decision Making, a speech delivered during the launch of our women/youth and transformational leadership programmes at Egerton University on 17/10/2017
  11. Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, a speech delivered on our 14th Annual Gender Awareness Day 17/10/14
  12. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: Challenges that affect its implementation and the Empowerment of Women, a speech delivered on our 15th Gender Awareness Day 17/10/15 
HONORS, PRIZE AND AWARDS
  • 2018-2019: Research Associate (2018) Women Studies in Religion Programme (WSRP) at Harvard, Divinity School, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Boston USA
  • 2018: Recognized by the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) and Mawazo Institute as 1 of 20 Most Influential Kenyan Scientists in the Faces of Kenyan Science 2018 and one of 100 most influential Kenyans https://static1.squarespace.com/static
  • 2018: Carnegie Corporation of New York African Diaspora Host Scholar
  • 2018: An Affiliated Research Fellow 2018 University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada
  • 2018: An affiliated Visiting Scholar 2018 at the College of William and Mary, at the Institute for Theory and Practice of International Relations, Williamsburg, Virginia USA
  • 2017: Echidna Global Scholar (2017), Center for Universal Education, Brooking Institution, Washington DC USA
  • 2016: Carnegie Corporation of New York African Diaspora Host Scholar (2) times host
  • 2016-2019: Visiting Research Associate University of South Africa-UNISA (2016-2019)
  • 2007/8: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  • 2006: Visiting Research Fellow University of Edinburgh, Scotland

 

FELLOW

  1. A fellow of Harvard University (2018)
  2. A fellow and Echidna Global Scholar of Brookings Institutions, Washington DC (2017)
  3. A fellow of University of South Africa (2016-2019)
  4. A fellow of the Desmond Tutu Center for Social Justice- South Africa 2021
  5. A fellow of University of Cambridge, Wolfson College, UK, 2007/2008
  6. A Fellow of University of Edinburgh, Scotland 2006
TEACHING AREAS
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Africa
  • Feminist Theories
  • Gender and Education
  • Women, Peace and Security
  • Gender and Climate Change
  • Religion and Gender Based Violence
  • Religion, Gender and Culture
  • Religion and Politics in Africa
  •  Feminist/Womanist Theologies
  • Religion, Gender and Peace Building
  • Research Mentorship
POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION
MASTERS LEVEL :

Completed

  1. Josephine Kemunto Mongare (2019) Thesis: The Impact of Gender Based Violence towards Men in Kenya: The Case of Men in Kiambaa Kiambu, Graduated 2019.
  2. Judy Ngina: (2017) MA Thesis Title: Gender Implications of Household Inaccessibility to Improve Water and Sanitation in Kaptembwa Informal Settlement, Nakuru County; (EU IWDGS)-Graduated 2017
  3. Eunice A. Okello (2017): MA Thesis Title, Changing Gender Roles in the Fishing Industry in Homa Bay County, Kenya 19-2012(Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), EU Graduated 2017
  4. Rachael Chepkemoi Marindany 2017: MA Thesis Title: Factors influencing adoption of Alternative Rites of Passage for Girls among Christians of Oleguruoni Division, Nakuru County. Kenya- (FASS, EU) Graduated 2017
  5. Danny Ogwae Bosire (2017): MA Thesis Titled: The Role of the PAG Church in Development of Education in Nyamira County, Kenya from 1938 –2011- (FASS EU) Graduated 2017
  6. Josephine Nthenya Muandu (2016): MA Thesis Title “Factors Influencing Academic Performance of Girls in Mixed Day Secondary Schools in Njoro District, IWGDS EU Graduated 2016
  7. Fransisca N. Kamande (2015): MA Thesis Title “The Effects of HIV/AIDs Pandemic and Gender on the Economic Status and Social Interaction of the Infected Youth in Kaptembwo Location, Nakuru County- IWGDS EU Graduated 2016
  8. Justine Namiinda (2015): MA Thesis Title “Factor Influencing the Rate of Primary School Girls Drop out in the Eastern Zone of Nakuru Municipality, Nakuru County-IWGDS EU Graduated 2016
  9. Julieth Fernandez Gitagno (2015): MA Thesis Title “The Effects of Alternative Rite of Passage on Girls Education among the Keiyo Community of Elgeyo- Marakwet County of Kenya- (IWGDS, EU) Graduated 2016
  10. Samuel Oando (2016): MA Thesis: Correlating family income with Sexual Violence against Children: A Study of Kasarani District Nairobi County- (IWGDS EU) Graduated 2016

 

EXTERNAL/EXTERNAL EXAMINATION OF THESIS (MA) STUDENTS

  1. Damaris Mumbi Gachemi 2018 MA Thesis: The Role of Women Groups in Women Economic Empowerment: A Study of Selected Women Groups in Magutu Division, Nyeri County, Kenyatta University
  2. Gitau Kariuki 2018 MA Thesis Women Involvement in Individual and Team Sports Coaching in Nairobi City County, Kenyatta University
  3. James Kariuki Karori, MA Thesis, Evaluating the Role of the Catholic Dioceses of Nakuru in peace building in Molo District, Kenya, 1992-2010, FASS EU
  4. Eva Njeri Ngunjiri, MA Thesis, The Challenges of Female Domestic Workers Among Christian Families Within Roysambu, Nairobi County, Kenyatta University
PhD. LEVEL :

SUPERVISION OF PH. D STUDENTS TO COMPLETION

  1. Suzan Snaggs-Wilson (2021) Thesis Titled: Women in Leadership–Dominant Discourses that Construct, Maintain and Legitimize Gender, Race & Class Bias in Top Corporations, University of Toronto, Canada, Department of Social Justice Education-Graduated 2020
  2. Samuel, K. Nduati (2020): Transforming Masculinities! The Role of Faith Based Organization in Family Crisis in Nakuru County, Graduated July 2020
  3. Lillian R. Chesikaw (2016): PhD Thesis Title “Gendered Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Policies and their Implementation Approaches in Baringo North District, Baringo County, Kenya Graduated Dec 2016
  4. John Maina Muchiri (2020), The Resurgence of the Gikuyu Council of Elders and Its Role in Transmission of Moral Values among the Youth in through Circumcision in Nyeri Country, Kenya- advanced Laikipia University
  5. Lanoi, Naomi (2017) Title of Thesis: Entrepreneurship as a means of reducing violence against rural Maasai women in Kenya. Case of Ololulunga Division in Narok South Constituency-on going.
  6. Mwirigi Priscillah Wanjiku Social Construction of Single Parenthood in Kamukunji Sub County, Nairobi County, Kenya-ongoing

 

INTERNAL/EXTERNAL EXAMINATION OF PH. D THESIS

  1. Elphina Ngwenya (2021) Gender inequality of male students taking Textile Technology and Design at university level in Zimbabwe: The case of two universities, University of Fort Hare, Zimbabwe.
  2. Elizabeth Wamera (2018) Gender Outcomes of the Community led Totally Sanitation Approach in Selected Counties in Kenya, Kenyatta University, Kenyatta University 2018
  3. Lillian Chesikaw, (2016) PH.D Thesis ‘Gendered Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Policies, Projects and Their Implementation in Baringo North District, Baringo County’ (2016) Egerton University Institute of Women, Gender & Development Studies (IWGDS)4
  4. Rose Njeri Gichuki, (2016) PH. D Thesis, Women’s Perceptions on Marital Violence and its influence on Wives Staying in Violent Marriages: A Study of Nairobi County 2016 Faculty of Education EU
OTHER SOCIETIES
  1. President of the African Association for Study of Religion in Africa (AASR)
  2. International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR) Executive Voting Member
  3. American Academy of Religion (AAR) Member
  4. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (Member)
  5. Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)-Member
  6. European Association for the Study of Religion-Member
  7. Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR)Member
  8. African Peace building Network (APN)Member
  9. African Leadership Centre (ALC)Member
  10. African Studies Association (ASA) Member
  11. The International Network on HIV/AIDS
  12. International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS) 
  13. Circle for Concerned Women Theologians
  14. Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA)
  15. Indigenous Peoples Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
  16. PANAFSTRAG-Pan African Strategic Research and Policy Group
  17. Women Educational Research of Kenya (WERK) 
REFEREES

Prof Jacob Kehinde Olupona

Professor of African-American Studies

Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

Cambridge MA, 02138

Boston USA

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Prof Afe, O Adogame

Upson Professor of Christianity and Society 

Princeton University

64 Mercer Street Princeton

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Prof. Philomena N. Mwaura (Ph.D.)

PH. D Thesis Advisor 

Formerly Director Center for Gender Equity and Affirmative Action

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Kenyatta University

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Dr Godwin G. Murunga

Executive Secretary

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

CODESRIA 

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