Anthony Wambugu was born in rural Nyeri (Kenya) where he received nursery and primary education. He then joined Starehe Boys’ Center and School in Nairobi for secondary education. He joined Kenyatta University in 1987 to study for a Bachelor of Education degree with Economics and Business Studies as core subjects. He taught at secondary level for three years and then joined the University of Botswana master’s degree program in Economics under the African Economic Research Consortium(AERC) CMAP. Upon completion he worked as a program assistant for a Health Care Financing Project and then joined Kenyatta University as a Tutorial Fellow in Economics in 1996. After two years, he joined the doctoral program at the University of Gothenburg in 1998 under the AERC PhD Fellowship program funded by SIDA. He completed doctoral studies in 2003 under the supervision of Professor Arne Bigsten. His research interests are in human capital, poverty, labour markets and income distribution. He has authored and co-authored journal articles and book chapters on these issues. He is currently a member of the ARUA centre of excellence in inequality research.