Professor Alois Mlambo

Emeritus Professor 

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(012) 420 5475

Full CV


PhD (Latin American history) Duke University; MA (African History) School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; MA (American History) Wesleyan University, Connecticut; BA Honours (English and History) University of Canterbury.

Short Biography:

Professor Mlambo was born in Zimbabwe. He joined the University of Pretoria in 2004 as Professor of History from the University of Zimbabwe and was appointed Head of Department on 1 January 2012. He has wide experience, teaching at Bayero University, Nigeria, Duke University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Minnesota. Among many professional commitments, Professor Mlambo was a mentor from 2015 to 2016 for doctoral students at the University of Pretoria who were recipients of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the South African Humanities Deans’ Association (SAHUDA) bursaries. He is the founder and coordinator of the South-South History Departments Partnership programme which seeks to promote the  research, writing and teaching of history in southern Africa and, currently, consists of the Universities of Zambia, Botswana, Witwatersrand, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Pretoria and Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. It holds revolving postgraduate skills training workshops at each of the member institutions 

Current Research:

Professor Mlambo has published widely on topics in the history of Zimbabwe and southern Africa, including student protests, higher education, the impact of social sciences, land, immigration, civil aviation and manufacturing. 

Recent Publications:

with Neil Parsons, A History of Southern Africa (Red Globe Press, Macmillan Essential Histories, 2018).

"African Economic History and Historiography", (Oxford: Oxford Research Encylopedias: African History. August 2018).

'From an Industrial Powerhouse to a Nation of Vendors: Over Two Decades of Economic Decline and De-Industrialisation in Zimbabwe, 1990-2015', Journal of Developing Societies, 33, 1 (2017), 99-125. Link

'Mugabe on Land, Indigenization and Development', in Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni (ed.), Mugabeism? History, Politics, and Power in Zimbabwe (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) 

History of Zimbabwe (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Link.

'Student Activism in a Time of Crisis – Zimbabwe 2000 – 2010: A Tentative Exploration' , Journal for Contemporary History (June, 2013).

'Becoming Zimbabwe or Becoming Zimbabwean: Identity, Nationalism and State-building', Africa Spectrum 1 (2013)

'Becoming Zimbabwean: Nation and State-Building in the Context of Southern Africa', in Sabelo J. Ndlovu and Fenix Ndhlovu, Nationalism and the National Projects in Southern Africa: New Critical Reflections (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2013).


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