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Priscilla Shilaro

Department of History
Virginia Common wealth University
United States of America


PhD. History, West Virginia University, 2000 Dissertation: “A Failed Eldorado: British Trusteeship, Luyia Land Rights and the Kakamega Gold Rush, 1930-52.” Advisor: Professor Robert M. Maxon ●Winner of the Robert & Wynona Wilkins Scholarship Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Department, West Virginia University, 2000 M. A. History, Kenyatta University, Kenya, 1993 Bachelor of Education in Arts (B.ED), Kenyatta University, Kenya, 1987

Research Interest



  • “Colonial Land Policies: The Kenya Land Commission and the Kakamega Gold Rush, 1932-34,” in William. R. Ochieng’ (ed.). Historical Studies and Social Change in Kenya: Essays in Memory of Professor Gideon Were. Nairobi, Kampala, Dar-es-Salaam: East African Educational Publishers, 2003, Pp.110-128.

  • “Kenyan Mau Mau Rebellion,” in Jim Defronzo (ed.) Revolutionary Movements in World History. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006, Pp. 501-509.

  • A Failed Eldorado: Colonial Capitalism, Rural Industrialization, African Land Rights in Kenya, and the Kakamega Gold Rush, 1930-1952. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2008.

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