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Kiluba Nkulu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
145B Taylor Education Building
(859) 257-3993

Dr. Kiluba L. Nkulu’s teaching career has evolved in time and place, with stints at Institut Kamweneja (coeducational Catholic high school in Lubumbashi), Institut Kitabataba (coeducational Methodist high school at Mulungwishi), Mulungwishi Theological Seminary, Kamina Teachers College (also in the Democratic Republic of Congo), and at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Nkulu holds a Bachelor’s in Humanities and Letters (licencié ès lettres) from the University of Lubumbashi (DR Congo), a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation (with a focus on higher education) from the University of Kentucky.

His research and teaching interests include schooling in diverse cultures; higher education and community engagement; colonial legacy and symbolism in African higher education; complex systems theory; philosophical and social foundations of education; and qualitative research. He is currently an IRB Cultural Consultant at the University of Kentucky and is researching the significance of language and cultural constraints on school integration among Swahili-speaking families newly resettled in Kentucky from Africa.

Dr. Nkulu’s first book, Serving the Common Good: A Postcolonial African Perspective on Higher Education (Peter Lang, 2005), examined similarities between Julius Nyerere’s vision for socially transformative higher education in Africa and John Dewey’s push for a democratic impulse in American education. It also articulated the need for reforming higher education on the African continent to serve the good of all citizens and not just a few.

CV – (PDF)

Research categories: Research Methods, International Education