Professor Alois Mlambo


Alois S. Mlambo is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Historical Studies of the University of Pretoria and a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He was a Professor of History (2004-2017) and the Head of his Department (2012-2017) until his retirement in 2017 when he became an Emeritus Professor.

He obtained his BA (hons) degree in English and History from the University of Canterbury, Kent (1977), an MA in African History from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1979), both in the. UK, an MA in American History from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA (1982), and a PhD in Latin American History from Duke University, North Carolina, USA in 1989.

During his working career, he taught at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (1980), University of Zimbabwe (1980-2004), and the University of Pretoria (2004-2017). He was also a visiting lecturer/professor at Duke University, University of North Carolina at Raleigh, University of Minnesota, and the Coastguard Academy, New London, Connecticut.

Professor Mlambo has published widely on the social, economic, and political history of Zimbabwe and southern Africa. Apart from numerous articles in academic journals (see full CV), he has published/co-published and edited/co-edited the following books:

Mlambo A. S. & E. S. Pangeti, The Political Economy of the Zimbabwean Sugar Industry, 1920- 1990 (Harare: UZ Publications, 1996),

Mlambo, A. S., E. S. Pangeti & I. Phimister, Zimbabwe: A History of Manufacturing, 1890- 1995, (Harare: UZ Publications, 2 000),

Raftopoulos, B & Mlambo, A. S. (eds.), Becoming Zimbabwe: A History of Zimbabwe from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008, (Harare: Weaver Press; South Africa: Jacana Press, 2009),

Mlambo, A. S. White Immigration into Rhodesia: From Occupation to Federation (Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, 2003),

Mlambo, A. S. (ed.), African Scholarly Publishing: Essays, (Oxford: African Books Collective Ltd, 2007),

Mlambo, A. S. History of Zimbabwe (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014), and

Mlambo, A. S. & Neil Parsons, History of Southern Africa, (U.K: Red Globe-Macmillan Essential Histories, September 2018). 

His current research interest is the interface of identities, migration, xenophobia and violence in southern Africa in the colonial and post-colonial periods, with a specific focus on the settler states of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and South Africa, as well as Botswana, for a long time a generous host to refugees from both countries. Part of the ongoing research is also tracing the history of forced migrations in southern Africa during the region’s thirty years of liberation wars/armed struggles from 1960 to 1990.



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