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Mhoze Chikowero

Current Courses

Fall 2015 (tentative)

  • History 148AU
    African Urban History: From the Ancient City State to the Contemporary Metropolis
  • History 49B
    Survey of African History (1800 CE to Present) [cross listed]

Winter 2016 (tentative)

Department Fields


Current Graduate Students

African History

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 2008

Office: HSSB 4214
Phone: no phone   

I teach and research African cultural, social and economic histories with a specialization on Southern Africa and Zimbabwe. I particularly center African perspectives, methodologies, epistemologies and forms of selfcraft that have long been marginalized by historiographies that reify the hegemonic written archive as the site of knowledge production.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • African Social and Economic Histories
  • Music, African Identities and Power
  • Broadcasting and Statecrafting in Ancient & Contemporary Southern Africa
  • Electrification, Space and Ideologies of Control
  • Colonialism in Africa

Current Projects

  • Tool of Empire, Technology of Self-Liberation: A History of Radio Broadcasting in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, 1920s-1980
  • Song, Media and the Politics of Culture in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe
  • Geographies of Power: Electrification and Urbanization in Colonial Zimbabwe

Selected Publications

  • African Music, Power and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe
  • "Is Propaganda Modernity? Radio and Colonialism in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, 1939-1950s,”
    Modernization as Spectacle in Africa, Stephan Miescher, Peter Bloom and Takyiwah Manu, Indiana UP, Forthcoming 2014
  • “Informational Mobilities: Guerilla Radio and Technologies of Statecrafting in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi”
    Transfers (Special Issue on Mobilities and Technology in Africa) Forthcoming 2014)).
  • “The Third Chimurenga: Land & Song in Zimbabwe’s Ultra-Nationalist State Ideology, 2000-2007,"
    Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism? Rethinking Contemporary Politics in Zimbabwe, S.J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and J. Muzondidya (eds.), Peter Lang (AG) International Publishers, 2011.
  • “Performing and Contesting Modernity: Zimbabwean Urban Musicians and Cultural Self-Constructions, 1930s-70s,”
    African Music, Performance and Identities, Toyin Falola and Tyler Fleming (eds.), Rochester, 2012.
  • “‘Our People Father, They Haven’t Learned Yet’: Music and Postcolonial Identities in Zimbabwe, 1980-2000,”
    Journal of Southern African Studies 34, 1, 2008.
  • “Subalternating Currents: Electrification and Power Politics in Bulawayo, Colonial Zimbabwe, 1894-1939,”
    Journal of Southern African Studies 33, 2, 2007.
  • “The State and Music Policy in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2000,” Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa 4, 1, 2007.
    Journal of Southern African Studies 33, 2, 2007.

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • Comparative Colonialism/s: Africa & Beyond (Grad.)
  • Nationalism in Africa (Grad.)
  • Subaltern Histories: Africa and Beyond (Grad.)
  • Labor History of Africa (Upper Undergrad. & Grad.)
  • Urban Histories of Africa (Upper Level)
  • Southern Africa: Regional, Zimbabwe (Upper Level & Grad.)
  • Africa to 1800; Africa since 1800 (Undergrad. Surveys)

Honors and Professional Activities

  • American Council of Learned Societies Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow, 2014-15
  • University of California Center for New Racial Studies Fellow, 2014-15
  • African Studies Program Library Residency Fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2014
  • Regents Junior Faculty Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, 2012-13
  • Hellman Family Faculty Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011-12
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, 2010
  • Regents Junior Faculty Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011
  • Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (Vernacular Epistemologies Project) Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 2008
  • Killam Scholar, Dalhousie University, 2003-2008
  • IEEE Special Research Grant, Rutgers University, 2003

Music & Politics in Post-Col. Zimbabwe PRI Interv.