Katherine Luongo is associate professor of history at Northeastern University. Her work examines the supernatural, law, and politics in Africa, and global asylum seeking. Her book, Witchcraft and Colonial Rule in Kenya, 1900–1955, was a finalist for the Bethwell Ogot Prize and the Martin A. Klein Award.
Barack Obama’s political ascendancy has focused worldwide attention on Kenya. Carotenuto and Luongo argue that efforts to cast Obama as a “son of the soil” of the Lake Victoria basin invite insights into the politicized uses of Kenya’s past. Ideal for classroom use and directed at a general readership interested in global affairs, Obama and Kenya offers an important counterpoint to the many popular, but inaccurate texts about Kenya’s history and Obama’s place in it.