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I am a historian of central and southern Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and I work at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Primarily my research looks at the history of the mining industry and I mostly research and write about the Zambian Copperbelt. My main areas of interest are histories of labour, race and global connections.

Currently, I am a researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden and before this I was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Studies Group, University of the Free State, South Africa.


2012-16: DPhil in History, University of Oxford

2010-11: MA in History: Asia/Africa, SOAS University of London

2006-09: BA Modern History and Politics, University of Oxford

Other Publications

Edited collections

Born with a Copper Spoon. A Global History of Copper and How it Fed the Modern World, 1830-1980 (Vancouver: University of British Colombia Press, forthcoming) [with Robrecht Declercq and Hans Otto Frøland]

Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa, 1930s–1990s (London: Routledge, 2020). [with Danelle van Zyl-Hemann]

Book Chapters

‘American Mining Engineers and the Global Copper Industry, c.1880-1945’, in Robrecht Declerq, Hans Otto Frøland and Duncan Money (eds.), Born with a Copper Spoon. A Global History of Copper and How it Fed the Modern World, 1830-1980 (Vancouver: University of British Colombia Press, forthcoming)

Divergence and Convergence on the Copperbelt: White mineworkers in comparative perspective, 1911-63’, in Miles Larmer, et. al. (eds.), Across the Copperbelt: Urban & Social Change in Central Africa’s Borderland Communities (James Currey: Woodbridge, 2021), pp. 77-100.

Underground Struggles: The Early Life of Jack Hodgson’, in Klaas van Walraven (ed.), The Individual in African History: The Importance of Biography in African Historical Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2020), pp. 170-193.

The Dog that Didn’t Bark: White Mineworkers at Zambian Independence’ in Duncan Money and Danelle van Zyl-Hermann (eds.), Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa, 1930s-1990s (London: Routledge, 2020), pp. 154-172.

South Africa’s Divided Trade Unions and the International Labour Movement’ in Stefano Belluci and Holger Weiss (eds.), The Internationalisation of the Labour Question: Ideological Antagonism, Workers’ Movements and the ILO since 1919 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), pp. 383-408.

[with Roger Jeffrey] ‘Introduction: India in Edinburgh, 1780 to the present day’, in Roger Jeffrey (ed.), India In Edinburgh, 1750s to the Present (London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 1-21.

Journal articles

Africa–EU relations and natural resource governance: understanding African agency in historical and contemporary perspective‘, Review of African Political Economy, 47, 166 (2020), pp. 585-603. [with Hans Otto Frøland and Tshepo Gwatiwa]

‘Aliens’ on the Copperbelt: Zambianization, nationalism and non-Zambian Africans in the mining industry’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 45, 5 (2019), pp. 859-75.

Race and Class in the Postwar World: The Southern African Labour Congress‘, International Labor and Working-Class History, 94 (2018), pp. 133-55.

Trouble in paradise: The 1958 white mineworkers’ strike on the Zambian Copperbelt’, Extractive Industries and Society, 4, 4 (2017), pp. 707-16.

“There are worse places than Dalmuir!” Glaswegian riveters on the Clyde and the Copperbelt‘, Labour History Review, 80, 3 (2015), pp. 273–92.

The World of European Labour on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1940-1945‘, International Review of Social History, 60, 2 (2015), pp. 225-55.

‘No matter how much or how little they’ve got, they can’t settle down’: a social history of Europeans on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1926-1974, D.Phil. in History, University of Oxford, 2016.


African Studies Association (UK)

Royal Historical Society

Southern African Historical Society

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