About Dr. Nyangweso


Dr. Mary Nyangweso is the J. Woolard and Helen Peel distinguished professor in Religious Studies at East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina).

Dr. Nyangweso received the B. Ed (Education, Kiswahili and Religion) at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya; the M. Phil (Religion) at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya; the M. Th Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; and the M. Phil and PhD (Sociology of Religion) at Drew University.

Dr. Mary Nyangweso  Female Circumcision

Mary is the author of Female Circumcision: the Interplay between Religion, Gender and Culture in Kenya (2007). also has published other essays related to religion and the rights of African women, specifically in the area of HIV/AIDS, politics and circumcision communities. Her research examines the influence of religion in the social process, particularly with respect to women's rights and social justice. This research is informed by social and ethical theory and is grounded in ethnography as a method of survey.

Dr. Nyangweso's current line of inquiry, Female Circumcision in America: Religious Implications, analyzes the influence of indigenous and other religious values on immigrants in the United States.

Dr. Nyangweso is the proud parent of Dennis, Jack, Tolbert, and Angela.

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