Robert Maxon

Robert Maxon

1993 – 1994 Benedum Distinguished Scholar
Faculty Research Associate, Regional Research Institute


Ph.D., Syracuse University, African History, 1972

Research Interests:

Rural agrarian change in Kenya
Social and economic development in Kenya
African underdevelopment.


2008 WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award

Lifetime Achievement Award (August 10, 2009)
Robert M. Maxon, professor of history at WVU, is the recipient of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized for his scholarship on Kenya.

The award was presented at the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association annual conference held at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio last month. Maxon delivered the keynote address at the conference, “Studying Kenya: Changes and Challenges.”

The association also noted Professor Maxon’s training of graduate students. He has supervised more doctorates in Kenya history (16) than any scholar currently working in the United States. Professor Maxon has been a faculty member at WVU since 1969. He has also served on four occasions as visiting professor of history at Moi University in Kenya.

Contact Information:

Tel: (304) 293-2421, ext. 5223
Fax: (304) 293-6858