Michael Wairungu joined the program in 2018 as an Assistant Director of Student Life and Academic Instruction. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the KSP, he was an Assistant Professor of Swahili at Northwestern University, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of the South, and a Fulbright FLTA at Stanford University. He also taught Swahili and various courses in Linguistic Anthropology in the universities above. Besides teaching, Michael worked as a curriculum designer and specialist in Swahili at the Diplomatic Language Services in the U.S.