The current Dean of Law is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Practical Legal Studies. Prior to being appointed Dean, she held the positions of Head of Practical Legal Studies Department and Deputy Dean of Law. She joined the Faculty of Law as a Lecturer in 2000 having worked for the University of Malawi as an Assistant Registrar (Legal) in 1993. Dr.Kanyongolo is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) obtained from the University of Malawi (1991), and a Master of Laws degree from the University of London (1999). She received her PhD from the University of Warwick (2007).
Dr. Kanyongolo specialises in Labour, Social Security, Politics, Women and Law. She has also published in many refereed journals and has presented papers at many international conferences on Social Security, Labour Law and Gender and Political Participation in Malawi. She has worked as a Consultant in these areas for the Government of Malawi, UN Women, UNDP, Equality Effect, NGO-GCN, Dan Church Aid, SASPEN and ILO.
She served as a commissioner on the Malawi Law Commission’s Gender and Law Commission, where she contributed to the review of all gender related laws and policies in the country. She also worked on the SADC Gender Barometer Project with Gender Links /GEMSA. She has also contributed to the UNDP Gender and Human Development report.
Dr Kanyongolo is a Director for Standard Bank, Malawi; Equality Effect of Canada; Southern and Eastern Africa Centre for Women and Law based in Zimbabwe. She previously served as President of the Women Lawyers Association and as Vice President of the Malawi Law Society.