Dr. Iddy Ramadhani Magoti holds a Diploma and BA in Education, and an MA and PhD in History. He was employed by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education as a secondary school teacher in 1998 before joining the Department of History at the University of Dar es Salaam as a tutorial assistant in 2007. After receiving his MA in November 2007, he was promoted to assistant lecturer. Since completing his PhD studies in 2017, he has been a lecturer in the Department of History of the University of Dar es Salaam. His research interests include conflict and conflict resolution, peace and security, identities, ethnic relations and cultural studies, and economic, social, political, and military histories.
Some of his prominent research works include his MA dissertation titled “Ethnic Conflicts in Tarime District from late Pre-colonial period to the Present” and his PhD thesis titled “Ethnic Identity and the State: The Dynamics of Intra- and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Mara River Basin, 1900- 2010,” which were submitted to the University of Dar es Salaam in 2007 and 2017 respectively.
The study examines the inter-relationships between the state,ethnic identities and relations. It focuses on Kuria, Maasai and Kipsigis communities residing in the Mara River Basin which straddles both sides of Tanzanian- Kenyan border. It views ethnic relations from two angles, the hostile and harmonious relationships. In hostile relations, it focuses on ethnic conflicts and their influence over time. For the harmonious relations, the study investigates on systems of alliances and cooperation that have been used to strengthen social cohesion. Holistically, the study investigates how the dynamics of ethnic relations have threatened or strengthened peace, security and development in the area. It crosses the border so as to provide a comparative analysis of the influence of the states on peace building, ethnic consciousness and conflicts. The study employs integrative approach of studying ethnicity and seeks triangulation of data from official publications, archives and oral interviews.