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Mwangi Thuita

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Mwangi Thuita is a second-year MPP student at Harris Public Policy. At Harris, he is a team lead at Root of Conflict, a podcast collaboration between The Pearson Institute and UChicago Public Policy Podcasts (UC3P) and works as a research assistant for Pearson Faculty Affiliate Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra. In the summer of 2020, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Prior to his time at the University of Chicago, Thuita was a program assistant at the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network, where he focused on grant writing and communications. There, he also hosted a podcast focused on peacebuilding in Africa. He has previously worked with the National Counter Terrorism Center in Nairobi, Kenya and as an English teacher in Marmanet and Nairobi, Kenya. 

Thuita holds a BA in government and philosophy from Cornell University and studied abroad in Lebanon and Cambodia. He speaks Spanish, Swahili and Arabic.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.