Welcome to the Department of Social Sciences (DSS). The department is keen to connect with prospective post-graduate, undergraduate and diploma students as well as collaborating with various institutions across the world. At the department, we   hold ourselves to high academic standards in line the overall   vision and mission of the University as well as striving to imprint a global imprint of excellence in our academic endeavours.

The department of Social Sciences offers diverse programs at diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate levels. At Diploma level, the department offers diploma in Social work. At the undergraduate level, the department runs three programs. These are bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. At post-graduate level, the department offers master of Arts in Sociology, master of Arts in Public Administration and public policy and Doctor of Philosophy  (Ph.D.) in Sociology. Please browse to learn more about our programs and our academic staff and their contribution in the academic and the Society at large.

We appreciate your interest in the department and the Rongo University  and hope that  you will visit us in person. We are located in Migori County  at the Rongo University main campus.

ConstanceName: Constance Ayabei
Position/Designation: Head of Department, Social Sciences, Lecturer of International Relations
Contacts: Phone: 0704-267733 // Email : cayabei@rongovarsity.ac.ke


Academic qualification and work experience

Constance Ayabei is a researcher and a lecturer of international relations. She is holds M.A in international studies, B.A in international relations and a Post-Graduate Diploma in mass communication from University of Nairobi. She has over six years teaching experience at the university level. Ms. Ayabei has published several articles and presented at various international conferences. She has experience in international affairs having worked at Kenya Television Network and Reuters news agency as a researcher. She has learnt several languages amongst them French, German and English which link directly to her research interests in the field of international relations. Her current research looks at the conflicts and emerging issues in the Horn of Africa with special focus to Somalia conflict.

Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate studies in Political Science with special interest in foreign policy and international terrorism.
Professional affiliation/membership to professional bodies:
She is a member of African Studies Association (ASA), Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie (COMMIUCAP) and Christian Scientific Association of Kenya (CSAK). Her publications are available in the Research Gate, LinkedIn and Google Scholar.

Research interest:

Foreign policyTerrorism        Media and Diplomacy
Peace and Conflict studiesGender

Ongoing research projects:

Security-based diplomacy influencing Terrorism management between Kenya and Somalia

“Moral leadership Development and Political succession in Kenya: Challenges and Lessons.” Amecea Gaba Publications, Published in March 2018

The rise of China and World order: Peace and Conflict in Africa. Africa Journal of Political Science and International Relations Vol. 11 (2), pp. 29-35 February 2017. ISSN 1996-0832

Christian Churches and Peace-Building in Kenya: The Roman Catholic Church Perspective. Amecea Gaba Publications, Published in March 2017

The Relevance of Philosophy as a Key to Development in Africa: A Case of Kenya.” Catholic University for East Africa Journal, published in 2018.

The impact of Somalia maritime piracy on World Food program operations in Somalia: 2007-2009. Published by University of Nairobi.

Knowledge Economy as a Way of Securing Peace and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.” Maseno University Journal Vol. 1, pp 31-38 January 2015. ISSN 2075-7654

The Relevance of Philosophy as a Key to Development in Africa: A Case of Kenya.” Catholic University for East Africa Journal, published in 2018.