Walter Gam Nkwi holds a PhD from the University of Leiden in social history/social anthropology. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Buea, Cameroon and from 2019-2020 lectured at the institute of History, Faculty of Humanities, university of Leiden. He was a research fellow at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam from September to March 2013. Between 2014 and 2017 he was the Faculty officer in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Buea, and from September to November 2017 he was a senior research fellow at the African Studies Centre, Leiden. He was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Maritime Museums, Hamburg, Germany, 17-19 October 2018. He was African Oxford visiting fellow from April to June 2019. He belongs to several scientific research associations which include: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); West African Research Association (WARA); International Society of Oral Literature in Africa (ISOLA); World Economic History Congress (WEHC). His research interest is focus on marrying history with ethnography. Amongst his publications, he has published books, Journals, Book chapters and Encyclopedia entries.
- African Modernities and Mobilities: An Ethnographic History of Kom, Cameroon, c.1800-2008 (Mankon, Bamenda: Langaa Research and Common Initiative Publishing House, 2015)
- Voicing the Voiceless: Contributions to Filling Gaps in Cameroon History, 1958-2009, (Mankon, Bamenda: Langaa Research and Common Initiative Publishing House, 2010)
- “Words Cannot be found: Terrorism and Extreme Violence in Anglophone Cameroon” African Journal for the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, 7, 1, (2018): 117-42.
- “Communication in Africa: Talking Drums and Town Criers in Pre-colonial and Colonial Bamenda Grassfields, Cameroon” The Saber and Scroll Journal, 7, 2, (2018): 7-36.
- “Migration and Identity in the Southwest Region of Cameroon: The Graffie Factor, c.1930s-1996”. Brazilian Journal of African Studies, 2,3, (2017): 131-148.
- “Blueprints of Colonial Modernity in Africa: The Victoria Port City, (Cameroon) c. 1920s-1959”. PP.265-282. Le Cameroun sous Domination Europeene: Entre Recontres, Partage et Conflictualites sous le direection de Isidore Paschal Ndjock Nyobe and Jean Baptiste Nzogue. (Yaounde, Cameroun : Ifrikiya, 2018)
- Ruben Um Nyobe: maquisard Camerounais, radical et Liberateur, c.1948-1958 .pp.75-96. Biographies de la Radicalisation Des Messages caches du Changement social. Sous la direction de Mirjam de Bruijn. (Mankon, Bamenda : Langaa RPCIG, 2018)
- “The Body of Christ? Amen”: Christianity and the Cannibalisation of the Bamenda Grassfielders (Cameroon), pp.157-190. In Francis B. Nymanjoh (eds) Eating and Being Eaten: Cannibalism as food for Thought. Mankon, Bamenda: Langaa Research &Publishing CIG, 2018.
- “Kom” In African Kingdoms: An Encyclopedia of Empires and Civilisations Aderinto Saheed (ed.), 149-153, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017.
- “Post War Societies (Africa): The First World War ex-soldiers in the Bamenda Grassfields, (Cameroon)” In: 1914-1918-Online International Encyclopedia of the First World War, by Ute Daniel; Peter Gatrell; Oliver Janz; Heather Jones; Jennifer Keene; Alan Kramer and Bill Nasson, eds.,pp.1-10. Berlin, Germany: Freie University, 2015