Robert M. Maxon

Title: Professor
Company: Department of History, West Virginia University
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

Robert M. Maxon, Professor at West Virginia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in History.

In addition to teaching with the department of history since 1982, Dr. Maxon has also served as a faculty research associate of the Regional Research Institute since 1992, and has served as a consultant on a seminar on Kenya for the U.S. Army. He was an education officer of the Kenya government from 1961 to 1964, and was a member of faculty for Moi University in Kenya for many years. The university awarded Dr. Maxon an honorary DLitt in 2010, which he regards as the most prestigious honor he has ever received. He holds numerous other accolades, including a 1993 to 1993 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association.

Dr. Maxon has always held an interest in teaching, inspired by his parents, who were teachers. While studying for a BA in history from Duke University, he had the opportunity to teach in Africa, which launched his interest in the field. In 1972, Dr. Maxon earned a PhD in history from Syracuse University, which also afforded him the opportunity to be a teaching assistant and language coordinator with the university’s Program of Eastern African Studies, affiliated with the Peace Corps Training Program. Dr. Maxon later taught with the State University of New York at Oswego part-time. After joining West Virginia University, he directed its graduate studies department for two years, was chair of its department of history from 1983 to 1989, and coordinated the Africana Studies Program from 2006 to 2010.

Dr. Maxon is proud of teaching some of the brightest and best students in his field. After many years of visiting professorships, committee work, and consultation work, he remains a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Eastern and Central African Studies and the Historical Association of Kenya. In 2017, he authored “Majimbo in Kenya’s Past: Federalism in the 1940s and 1950s,” the latest in numerous publications and co-authorships on the topic. In addition to research grants and awards, Dr. Maxon is the proud father of Gertrude and Robert alongside his wife, Felicia Ethel Ayiro.

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