Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2000
308B Hanna Hall
Third World Development
Full list of course offerings at BGSU:
GEOG 121: World Regional: Eurasia-Africa
GEOG 122: World Regional: Americas-Pacific
GEOG 225. Geography of the Global Economy
GEOG 347: Africa
GEOG 312: Marketing Geography
GEOG 325: Population Geography
GEOG 426. Urban Geography
Publications (including those in preparation) past 5 years
Culture and Customs of Uganda, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006. ISBN:
Chapters of Books
Jacob Adetunji and Kefa M. Otiso, 2006. “Dual Residence Patterns in a Yoruba Community,”
In Toyin Falola and Ann Genova (ed), The Yoruba in Transition: History, Values, and
Modernity, Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2005. “Colonial Urbanization and Urban Management in Kenya,” In Steven
Salm and Toyin Falola (eds), African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective, Rochester:
University of Rochester Press.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2004. “The U.S. African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA): Bane or Boon
for the African Textile and Footwear Industry,” in Chris Rogerson and Dorothy McCormick
(eds), Clothing and Footwear in African Industrialization, Pretoria: Africa Institute of South
Kefa M. Otiso, 2003. “Local Governments [in Africa],” in Toyin Falola (ed) (2003),
Contemporary Africa (Africa Volume 5): Durham: Carolina Academic Press
Refereed Journal Articles
Kefa M. Otiso, 2005, “Kenya’s Secondary Cities Growth Strategy at a Crossroads: Which Way
Forward?” GeoJournal, 62: 117–128
Kefa M. Otiso and Bruce W. Smith, 2005, “Immigration and Economic Restructuring in Ohio’s
Cities, 1940-2000”, Ohio Journal of Science, 105 (5): 133-137 December 2005
Kefa M. Otiso, 2003, “State, Voluntary and Private Sector Partnerships for Slum Upgrading
and Basic Service Delivery in Nairobi City, Kenya,” Cities, 20 (4), 2003, 221-229
Kefa M. Otiso, 2002, “Forced Evictions in Kenyan Cities,” Singapore Journal of Tropical
Geography, 23(3), 2002, 252-267
Funded grants (also include proposals in preparation) past 5 years
Bowling Green State University, Center for Family and Demographic Research – CFDR
(2004), $5,105, Becoming American? Second Generation African Immigrants in the
United States, Co-Investigator: Franklin Goza.
Bowling Green State University, Center for Innovative and Transformative Education –
CITE (2001), $5,380, Integration of Geography and Geographical Concepts into the
Secondary Public School Curriculum. Co-Investigator: Karen Johnson-Webb.
Ohio Educational Telecommunications Network Commission, 2001-2003, $247, 412.43,
OhioTek: A Focus on Learning. Grant was used to develop an instructional multimedia
literacy program for low-wealth Northwest Ohio schools. Co-researchers: Anthony Short,
Melissa Spirek, Kefa Otiso, John Fischer, Cynthia Bertelsen, and Roger Minier.
Bowling Green State University - Faculty Mentoring & Enrichment Program, (2001 – 2002),
$3,000, Home Away From Home: U.S.-Based Kenyans and Socioeconomic Development
Ohio Educational Telecommunications Network Commission, (2001-2003), $247, 412,
OhioTek: A Focus on Learning, PI-Melissa Spirek, Co-PI: Anthony Short, Kefa Otiso,
John Fischer, Cynthia Bertelsen, Roger Minier.
Unsuccessful Grant Submissions
National Institutes of Health NICHD: Small Research Grant Progam - R03, (2005), $130,189,
The Incorporation of Somali Newcomers, PI - Franklin Goza, Co-PI-Kefa Otiso
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – HUD (2003), $38,381, Immigrants,
Minorities, and Elderly in Changing Urban Demographics: A Geographic Analysis, PI:
Co-PI: Karen Johnson-Webb and Bruce Smith
Russell Sage Foundation (2003), $98,830, Becoming American? Second Generation African
Immigrants in the United States, PI: Kefa Otiso Co-PI: Franklin Goza
Russell Sage Foundation (2001), $225,574, Becoming American? Second Generation
African Immigrants in the United States, PI: Kefa Otiso, Co-PI: Jacob Adetunji
U.S. Economic Development Agency (2001), $74,952, An Assessment of the Economic
Development Needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, PI: Kefa Otiso, Co-PI:
Bruce Smith, Stephen Chang and Holly Meyers-Jones
Smith Richardson Foundation (2001), $59,261, Immigration to Midwest Rural Areas:
Opportunities and Challenges in Michigan and Ohio, PI: Karen D. Johnson-Webb,
Co-PI: Kefa Otiso, Jenny Van Hook, and Kelly Balistreri
Conference presentations (including those in preparation) past 5 years
Arthur N. Samel, Bruce W. Smith, and Kefa M. Otiso, 2006. “The Integration of Geography into
the 7-12 Curriculum Using GIS in the Toledo Public Schools”, Presented at the Annual East
Lakes Association of American Geographers’ Conference, University of Toledo, OH,
October 20-21, 2006
Kefa M. Otiso. 2006. “Comparative Geodemographic Analysis of Select African Immigrant
Streams to the US” Presented at the Annual Association of American Geographers’
Conference, Chicago, IL March 7-11, 2006
Kefa M. Otiso. 2005. “Geodemographic Analysis of Kenyan Immigration to the United States”
Presented at the East Lakes Association of American Geographers’ Conference, Bowling
Green, OH, October 21-22, 2005
Kefa M. Otiso, 2005. “A Geographic Analysis of Kenya’s Housing Situation: Assessing Current
Opportunities and Constraints”, Presented at the Association of American Geographers’
Conference, April 5-9, 2005, Denver, Colorado
Bruce W. Smith and Kefa M. Otiso, 2005. Immigration and Economic Restructuring in Two Ohio
Cities, 1940-2000, 114th Annual Meeting The OHIO ACADEMY of SCIENCE, Hosted by
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, April 1-2, 2005
Kefa M. Otiso, 2004. “Africa’s Brain Drain: A Historio-Geographic Synopsis”, Presented at the
International Africa’s Brain Gain Conference, December 19-22, 2004, Safari Park Hotel,
Kefa M. Otiso, 2004. "Divided Loyalty: Urban House vs. Rural Home and the Challenge of
Urban Development in Kenya" Presented at the 2004 Conference on Race, Ethnicity &
Place, September 16-18, 2004, Howard University Campus, Washington, DC
Bruce Smith, Kefa M. Otiso, and Melissa Spirek, 2004. “Communicating Geography Through
Newspaper Maps”, Presented at the Applied Geography Annual Conference, October
20-24, 2004, St. Louis, MO.
Jacob Adetunji and Kefa M. Otiso, 2004. “Dual Residence Patterns in a Yoruba Community,”
Presented at the Perspectives on Yoruba History and Culture, University of Texas at Austin,
March 26 – 28, 2004.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2004. “Kenya in the Crosshairs of Global Terrorism: Fighting Terrorism at the
Periphery,” Presented at the Centennial (100th) Association of American Geographers’
Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 14-19, 2004.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2003. “Colonial Hangovers and the Challenge of Urban Management in Kenya,”
Presented at the African Urban Spaces: History and Culture Conference, University of Texas
at Austin, March 28 – 30, 2003.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2003. “Kenya’s secondary city growth strategy at a crossroads,” Presented at the
99th Annual Association of American Geographers’ Conference, New Orleans, LA, March
Kefa M. Otiso, 2002. “The U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA): Bane or Boon for the
African Textile and Footwear Industry?” Paper presented at the International Conference on
Clothing and Footwear in African Industrialization, Building an African Research Network,
(Sponsored by the University of Nairobi, Institute of Development Studies), July 5 – 6, 2002,
Serena Beach Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2002. “Political Economy of African Immigration to the U.S.” Presented at the
Georgia Mini-Conference on Immigration and America's Changing Ethnic Landscapes,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, April 12-14, 2002.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2002. “New Frontiers in African Urban Governance: Popular Attempts to Reform
Municipal Government in Kenya” Presented at the Ninety-eighth Annual Association of
American Geographers’ Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 19-23, 2002.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2001. “Information Technology and Development in Africa: Reality or Mirage?”
Paper presented at the Annual African Studies Association Conference, Houston, TX,
November 15 -18, 2001.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2001. “Collaborative Efforts to Enrich Junior High Social Studies Instruction:
A Case Study of East Toledo, Ohio,” (Co-Authors: Karen Johnson-Webb, Bruce Smith, &
Stephen Chang, Department of Geography, BGSU), Paper presented at the Annual Meeting
of the East Lakes Division of Association of American Geographers, University of Cincinnati,
Cincinnati, OH, October 27, 2001.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2001. “State, Voluntary & Private Sector Partnerships for Housing and Service
Delivery in Cities in Developing Countries: Case Studies from Slum Areas of Nairobi City,
Kenya.” Paper presented at International Conference on Urbanizing World and UN Human
Habitat II (Parallel Event of the UN Special Session on Istanbul +5), Organized by IRFD,
Columbia University, New York, June 4-6, 2001.
Kefa M. Otiso, 2001. “The Internet and Socioeconomic Development in Africa.” Presented at
the Annual Association of American Geographers’ Conference, New York, NY, February
27- March 3, 2001.