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Tony Manganello

Tony Manganello

PhD Candidate


Tony Manganello is an Assistant Professor of National Security Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University and a PhD research student in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. His research focuses on U.S. security engagement in Kenya. Prior to entering the world of higher education, Tony served 11 years as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service.

Research Interests

  • International security
  • Intelligence studies
  • Cybersecurity in higher education
  • US security engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thesis Title

Indigenous Attitudes Toward U.S. Military and Intelligence Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Kenya


This study seeks to examine the indigenous attitudes of the Kenyan political elite regarding U.S. security engagement in Kenya.  Specifically, how has the Kenya-U.S. security relationship since 1998 influenced the attitudes of Kenya’s political elite towards the United States’ approach to security engagement in Kenya?  Utilizing a qualitative methodology and single case study approach, this study will examine indigenous attitudes towards U.S. intelligence and military involvement by performing a thematic analysis of media reports and by conducting open-ended guided interviews with members of the Kenyan political elite. This study seeks to provide rich descriptions and details of the phenomenon under investigation, adding breadth to the existing academic and secondary literature available for examination. Through an in-depth exploration of the indigenous attitudes of members of the Kenyan political elite, this study will add valuable perspective to the literature, perhaps also providing a generalizable framework for exploring indigenous attitudes towards U.S. military and intelligence engagement in other contexts.


Huw Dylan (co-supervisor)

Kieran Mitton (co-supervisor)