Has a BSc in Agriculture from Bunda College of the University of Malawi now Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (1978); MSc in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from Reading University in United Kingdom (1980); and PhD in Sociology from Washington State University (1998). Expertise in rural and community development. Research focus: political economy of HIV/AIDS and how people draw upon endogenous and exogenous capital to improve their well-being.
While at Washington State University, was involved in a Development Education Project that trained people in Eastern Washington about the Third World (covered cultural dynamics, food systems, trade, economic production, community development, etc.) and its relations to the United States and other developed countries. Before coming to Washington State University, worked for World Vision (Malawi) starting as a Projects Coordinator in 1986, was Technical Services Director responsible for managing technical experts, ended as Operations (Projects) Director in 1991. Before then (1978-1986), worked as an Agriculture and Rural Development Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi. Currently Professor of Community, Economic, and Political Sociology at Eastern University. Been with Eastern University since 2001. Also Founder and Director of Field Operations of Pamoza International, a non-profit organization involved in Christian Outreach and Community Development in northern Malawi.