Curriculum Vitae

Current research focuses on the inclusion of ubukhosi (chieftaincy) in a democratic South Africa. Hegemony of Apartheid and the Racialization of Space. Prior research includes the History of the amaZulu, ‘Native’ Administration of South Africa, and African Nationalism.


Books / Articles

Bantu Authorities: Apartheid's System of Race and Ethnicity

Bantu Authorities: Apartheid’s System of Race and Ethnicity (Lexington, 2022)

* “Bantu Authorities” on Rowman
* “Bantu Authorities” on Amazon
* “Bantu Authorities” on Barnes and Noble
* “Bantu Authorities” on My Website

“Empowering Common Africans and Democratizing Chieftaincy: Voluntary Rural-Rural Migration” Unpublished Preprint, July 2022.

* DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.14339.78885
* On ResearchGate Page
* ResearchGate PDF
* On My Website
* Cached copy of PDF
* Cached copy of PDF (2)

“Reading Geographical Names as Text: Refiguring the ‘Living Archive’ in Postcolonial South Africa” American Archivist Volume 83, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2020).

* DOI: 10.17723/0360-9081-83.1.21
* On “The American Archivist”
* On My Website

“Congolese Animator Jean-Michel Kibushi: Subverting the Western Gaze” African Studies Review, Vol 61, 1 (April 2018): p.239-243.

* DOI: 10.1017/asr.2017.148
* On Cambridge Core
* On My Website

“The Bantu Authorities System: Removals in Mthunzini District during Apartheid, 1952-1976” Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol 44, 1 (February 2018): p.115-132.

* DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2018.1405641
* On Taylor & Francis Online
* On My Website

“Thumbs up: Catch the Minibus to Town” Panel II-R-1 “New Urbanism in Africa: Urban-to-Rural Migration and Its Implications” African Studies Association 60th Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2017.

“Colonial Archives: Pools of Usable Pasts for Emerging States” African Studies Association 58th Annual Conference, San Diego, 2015.

“Locating Agency in Archives, Cultural Property, and Digital Flows: Resistance as a Usable Past in the Creation of Statehood”  Panel Chair: African Studies Association 58th Annual Conference, San Diego, 2015.

“Bantu Authorities in Mthunzini District, KwaZulu: Forces for Apartheid Removals” University of Cape Town, Historical Studies Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa 19 May 2014.

* On My Website
* Cached Copy of PDF
* Cached Copy of PDF (2)

“The Effect of Bantu Authorities on amaZulu in Mthunzini District: Separate Development in KwaZulu, 1950-1980.”  African Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, November 2013.

“The Effect of Apartheid’s ‘Tribal’ Authorities on Chieftaincy and the Zulu People: Separate Development in Mthunzini District 1950-1970″ African Studies and History Seminar series, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard Campus – Durban, South Africa, March 2013.

* On My Website
* Cached Copy of PDF
* Cached Copy of PDF (2)

“Holy Hustlers or Just Plain Hustlers?” African Studies Review 55, no. 2 (2012) Review of Richard Werbner film Holy Hustlers

* DOI: 10.1353/arw.2012.0042
* On Cambridge Core
* On My Website

“Rural Responses to Chieftaincy in the uThungulu District of Zululand: How amaZulu Perceived amaKhosi under Apartheid” University of Zululand Conference in Empangeni, South Africa 2012.

“Reading Geographical Names as Text in the ‘Living Archive’ of Majority Rule South Africa.” African Studies Association, Washington DC 2011.

“Commodification of Traumatic Stories: Memory, Performance and the TRC on South Africa’s Post-Independence Stage.”  Contemporary Issues in African Studies…A Reader Ernest E. Uwazie and Chaunce Ridley, eds. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011.

* On Kendall Hunt
* On My Website

“Reading Geographical Names as Text: Refiguring the “Living” Archive of Post-Apartheid South Africa” University of Alabama 3rd Annual Conference on Power and Struggle March 2011.


  • Stanford-Hoover Silas Palmer Fellow, 2019
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute, Social Heterogeneity Exploratory Workshop: Civil War Grant, 2017
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Research Grant, 2017
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History Department Fellowship 2015
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: Graduate Division Fellowship 2014
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship [national] 2013-2014
  • David L. Boren Fellowship [national] 2012 – 2013
  • African Languages Initiative Summer Domestic Program – University of Florida [national] 2012 (declined)
  • Fulbright-Hays Zulu GPA scholar [national] 2011
  • UCSB History Associates Award 2011 & 2012
  • Darcy Ruth Ritzau Graduate Student Award 2010
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission New Project Award  [Mandela] 2007

Professional Activities

  • University of Cape Town-Historical Studies Seminar Presenter
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal History Workshop Presenter
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal Memory Conference Presenter
  • African Studies Association Conference (3) Presenter and 2015 Panel Chair
  • University of Zululand Interdisciplinary Conference Presenter
  • CSUS Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference Presenter

Teaching Fields:

African History; World History; U. S. History; Oral History; Film Theory / Production; Public History, Humanities and Religious Studies (African)

Lecturer – University of California, Davis, Department of History

Lecturer – 2017 – 2018

Lecturer – UCSB; CSUS (Present )

HIST 2C World History – Mini-Lecture: Third World
HIST 49A Survey of African History – Lecture: The Mfecane
HIST 102C History of Southern Africa – Lecture: Apartheid
COMS 123 Writing for Public Information California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)
COMS 142A Film as Communication (U.S./ Europe) CSUS
COMS 142B Film as Communication (Third World) CSUS
ART 191 Film as an Art Form CSUS
COMS Television Production CSUS
COMS Film Production CSUS

Teaching Assistant – UCSB

HIST 2 World History
HIST 4 Western Civilization
HIST 49 Survey of African History

Reader – UCSB

HIST 166B United States in the Twentieth Century (1932-54)
HIST 166A United States in the Twentieth Century (1900-29)

The Rural Dilemma: Bantu Authorities in Mthunzini District, KwaZulu 1952-1992Stephan Miescher