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Mwangi Thuita

Pearson Fellow Alum


Mwangi Thuita, MPP'21, is a program assistant at the Carnegie Corporation of New York's International Peace and Security program, where he focuses on peacebuilding in Africa and bridging the gap between academic and policy communities. Previously, he was a technical advisor with the Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations.

While at Harris Public Policy, Thuita was a team lead at Root of Conflict, a podcast collaboration between The Pearson Institute and UChicago Public Policy Podcasts (UC3P). He worked as a research assistant for Pearson Faculty Affiliate Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra and 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.