Mickie Mwanzia Koster

Mickie Mwanzia Koster

Title: Associate Professor
Department: History
Building: CAS 126
Email: mkoster@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.565.7371


  • B.A., Chatham College
  • M.A., Cleveland State University
  • M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A., Rice University
  • Ph.D., Rice University


Mickie Mwanzia Koster is an Assistant Professor of History in Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Texas located in Tyler, Texas in the United States.  She has a B.A. in Mathematics and Information Science from Chatham College, MBA from Case Western Reserve University, M.A. in History from Cleveland State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Rice University. 

She is the recipient of the Junior Scholar Excellence Award in African Studies awarded in 2015 by the University of Texas at Austin. She is the faculty advisor for the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society and the faculty advisor for the Graduate History Student Association. She was a recipient of the Wagoner Fellowship from Rice University in the United States. 

She regularly travels to Africa to conduct oral and archival research, and she frequently presents her research at conferences nationally and internationally. She has published in peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dictionaries, encyclopedias, proceedings, and reviews treating liberation and nationalist movements in Kenya, Africa, and the African Diaspora.  Her forthcoming book, The Power of the Oath: Mau Mau Nationalism in Kenya, 1952-1960 examines nationalism, ethnicity, and gender by exploring ritual ceremonies and symbolisms used during the Mau Mau war. Mwanzia Koster is also the co-editor of the 2014 book Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati.

Courses Taught:

HIST 1301 U.S. History I
HIST 1302 U.S. History II
HIST 2321 World Civilizations I
HIST 2322 World Civilizations II
HIST 3300 Historical Methods and Research
HIST 3301 Patterns of World History
HIST 4360 African History I
HIST 4372 History of African-Americans
HIST 4397 Topics in History:  African History to 1885
HIST 4397 Topics in History:  African History since 1885
HIST 5394 Historiography

Curriculum Vitae