Thomas Kibutu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kenyatta University. In 2006 he was awarded awarded a Management Skills Award, Institute of Leadership and Management, U.K . He holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees from Kenyatta University in Kenya and a PhD from the University of Leicester, UK (2007). His PhD Thesis that dealt with issues of Development, Gender and the Crisis of Masculinity in a Kenyan context. The research entailed a critical analysis of the factors leading to men and boys acquiring ‘toxic’ masculine identities which were seen to be harmful to them and society in general. In a nutshell, the crisis was noted to have emanated from how males had been socialized since they were young and some of the negative manifestations included drug abuse, violence meted especially on women, vulnerability to HIV infections, and truancy in school, among other.
He is teaching a course on population issues among them the issue of youth radicalization. He is currently supervising graduate research which are dealing with causes and consequences of youth radicalization in Kenya. Through his teaching and research he has developed a keen interest in the issue of why people, especially youth, get radicalized into violent extremism.