Prof Jocelyn Alexander

Professor of Commonwealth Studies

Jocelyn Alexander's research interests lie in the social and political history of southern Africa, particularly rural politics and land reform, liberation struggles and their legacies, and law and punishment. She is currently writing a history of political imprisonment in Zimbabwe and carrying out research on liberation movements in exile.

She has taught at Sussex and Bristol Universities and has been a Research Associate at the University of Zimbabwe. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies and the publications committee of the International Africa Institute.

She is co-author with JoAnn McGregor and Terence Ranger of Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the 'Dark Forests' of Matabeleland (James Currey, 2000), and author of The Unsettled Land: The Politics of Land and State-making in Zimbabwe, 1893-2003 (James Currey, 2006).

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A history of political imprisonment in Zimbabwe, 1959-2011
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Jocelyn Alexander teaches primarily on the MPhil in Development Studies and the DPhil in International Development.

Research Students supervised

Lennart Bolliger
Research Student
Arnold Chamunogwa
Research Student
Simukai Chigudu
Research Student
Dan Hodgkinson
Research Student
Marc Howard
Research Student (PRS)
Phillip Pasirayi
Research Student
Carlos Quembo
Research Student
James Simpson
Research Student
Susanne Verheul
Research Student
Sebabatso Manoeli
History Faculty
David Kenrick
History Faculty

Books and monographs

Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor, B-M Tendi) (eds) (2014) 'Politics, Patronage and Violence in Zimbabwe', Harare: Weaver Press
Alexander, Jocelyn (with Lionel Cliffe, Ben Cousins and Rudo Gaidzanwa) (eds) (2012) 'Outcomes of Post-2000 Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe', London: Routledge
Alexander, Jocelyn (2006) 'The Unsettled Land: State-making and the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe 1893-2003', James Currey; Ohio University Press; Weaver Press pps 230 (Monograph)
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor, T Ranger) (2000) 'Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the 'Dark Forests' of Matabeleland', Oxford: James Currey; Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann; Harare: Weaver Press

Journal articles and special issues

Alexander, Jocelyn (forthcoming) 'Loyalty and liberation: the political life of Zephaniah Moyo', Journal of Eastern African Studies
Alexander, Jocelyn (with M Tendi, JoAnn McGregor) (2017) 'The Transnational Histories of Southern African Liberation Movements: An Introduction', Journal of Southern African Studies 43 (1) 1-12
Alexander, Jocelyn (with JoAnn McGregor) (2017) 'African Soldiers in the USSR: Oral Histories of ZAPU Intelligence Cadres’ Soviet Training, 1964-1979', Journal of Southern African Studies 43 (1) 49-66
Alexander, Jocelyn (with Miles Tendi, JoAnn McGregor) (eds) (2013) 'Special Issue: Politics, Patronage and Violence in Zimbabwe', Journal of Southern African Studies 39 (4)
Alexander, Jocelyn (2013) 'Militarisation and State Institutions: ‘Professionals’ and ‘Soldiers’ inside the Zimbabwe Prison Service', Journal of Southern African Studies 39 (4) 807-28
Alexander, Jocelyn (with JoAnn McGregor) (2013) 'Introduction: Politics, Patronage and Violence in Zimbabwe', Journal of Southern African Studies 39 (4) 749-63
Alexander, Jocelyn (2012) 'Rethinking the State and Political Opposition through the Prism of the Prison', Critical African Studies 6 1-15
Alexander, Jocelyn (2012) '"Hooligans, Spivs and Loafers": The politics of vagrancy in 1960s Southern Rhodesia', Journal of African History 53 (3) 345-66
Alexander, Jocelyn (with Lionel Cliffe, Ben Cousins and Rudo Gaidzanwa) (eds) (2011) 'Special Issue: Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe', Journal of Peasant Studies 38 (5)
Alexander, Jocelyn (with Lionel Cliffe, Ben Cousins and Rudo Gaidzanwa) (2011) 'An Overview of Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Editorial Introduction', Journal of Peasant Studies 38 (5) 907-38
Alexander, Jocelyn (with G Kynoch) (eds) (2011) 'Special Issue: Histories and Legacies of Punishment in Southern Africa', Journal of Southern African Studies 37 (3)
Alexander, Jocelyn (2011) 'Nationalism and Self-government in Rhodesian Detention: Gonakudzingwa, 1964–1974', Journal of Southern African Studies 37 (3) 551-569
Alexander, Jocelyn (with G Kynoch) (2011) ' Introduction: Histories and Legacies of Punishment in Southern Africa', Journal of Southern African Studies 37 (3) 395-413
Alexander, Jocelyn (2010) 'The Political Imaginaries and Social Lives of Political Prisoners in post-2000 Zimbabwe', Journal of Southern African Studies 36 (2) 483-503
Alexander, Jocelyn (with K Chitofiri) (2010) 'The Consequences of Violent Politics in Norton, Zimbabwe', The Round Table 99 (411) 673-86
Alexander, Jocelyn (2009) 'Death and Disease in Zimbabwe's Prisons', The Lancet 373 (March 21) 995-6
Alexander, Jocelyn (with M Tendi) (2008) 'La Violence et les Urnes: Le Zimbabwe en 2008', Politique Africaine 111 111-29
Alexander, Jocelyn (with M Tendi) (2008) 'A Tale of Two Elections: Zimbabwe at the Polls in 2008', ACAS Bulletin (Special Issue on Zimbabwe 2) 80 5-17
Alexander, Jocelyn (with C Anderson) (eds) (2008) 'Special Issue on Prisons and the Political', Cultural and Social History 5(4)
Alexander, Jocelyn (with C Anderson) (2008) 'Politics, Penality and (Post) Colonialism: An Introduction', Cultural and Social History 5(4) 391-4
Alexander, Jocelyn (2008) 'Political Prisoners' Memoirs in Zimbabwe: Narratives of Self and Nation', Cultural and Social History 5(4) 395-409
Alexander, Jocelyn (2007) 'Institutions, Ideas and Authority over the Land in Zimbabwe', Afriche e Orienti (Special Issue on Competing Rights: Land and Natural Resources in Africa) 9 108-27
Alexander, Jocelyn (2007) 'The Historiography of Land in Zimbabwe: Strengths, Silences and Questions', Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 8(2) 183-98
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2004) 'War Stories: Guerrilla Narratives from Zimbabwe's Liberation War', History Workshop Journal 57 79-100
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2001) 'Les elections, la terre et l'emergence de l'opposition dans le Matabeleland', Politique Africaine 81 80-100
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2001) 'Elections, Land and the Politics of Opposition in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe', Journal of Agrarian Change 1(4) 510-34
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2000) 'Wildlife and Politics: CAMPFIRE in Zimbabwe', Development and Change 31 (3) 605-27
Alexander, Jocelyn (with G Littlejohn, J McGregor) (eds) (1998) 'Special Issue: Mozambique', Journal of Southern African Studies 24(1)
Alexander, Jocelyn (with T Ranger) (1998) 'Competition and Integration in the Religious History of North-Western Zimbabwe', Journal of Religion in Africa 28(1) 3-31
Alexander, Jocelyn (1998) 'Dissident Perspectives on Zimbabwe's Post-Independence War', Africa 68(2) 151-82
Alexander, Jocelyn (1997) 'The Local State in Post-War Mozambique: Political Practice and Ideas about Authority', Africa 67(1) 1-26
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (1997) 'Modernity and Ethnicity in a Frontier Society: Understanding Difference in Northwest Zimbabwe', Journal of Southern African Studies 23(2) 187-201

Chapters

Alexander, Jocelyn (2009) 'Zimbabwe Since 1997: Land and the Legacies of War'. In AR Mustapha, L Whitfield (eds) Turning Points in African Democracy , Rochester: Boydell and Brewer
Alexander, Jocelyn (2006) 'Rethinking the Legacies of Violence in Matabeleland'. In P Kaarsholm (ed) Violence, Politics Culture and Development in Africa , Oxford: James Currey
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2006) 'Veterans, Violence and Nationalism in Zimbabwe'. In E Bay, D Donham (eds) States of Violence: Politics, Youth and Memory in Conemporary Africa , University of Virginia Press
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2004) 'Hunger, Violence and the Moral Economy of War in Zimbabwe'. In V Broch-Due (ed) Violence and Belonging: Boundaries and Identities in Post-Colonial Africa , London: Routledge
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2003) 'Democracy, Development and Political Conflict: Rural Institutions in Matabeleland North'. In T Ranger (ed) Nationalism, Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe , Harare: UZ Press
Alexander, Jocelyn (2003) ''Squatters', Veterans and the State in Zimbabwe'. In A Hammer, B Raftopolous, S Jensen (eds) Unfinished Business: Land, State and Citizenship in Zimbabwe , Harare: Weaver Press
Alexander, Jocelyn (2000) 'Technical Development and Human Science: Scientific Debates in the Rhodesian Native Affairs Department'. In S Dubow (ed) Science and Society in Southern Africa , Manchester: Manchester University Press
Alexander, Jocelyn (2000) 'The Enduring Appeal of Technical Development in Zimbabwe's Agrarian Reform'. In T Bowyer-Bower, C Stoneman (eds) Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Constraints and Prospects , Aldershot: Ashgate
Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (1999) 'Representing Violence in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe: Press and Internet Debates'. In T Allen (ed) The Media of Conflict: War Reporting and Representations of Ethnic Violence , London: Zed Press
Alexander, Jocelyn (1995) 'Things Fall Apart, The Centre Can Hold: Processes of Postwar Political Demobilisation in Zimbabwe's Rural Areas'. In N Bhebe, T Ranger (eds) The Zimbabwean War of Liberation: Society , London: James Currey; Harare: Baobab Books

Reports

Alexander, Jocelyn (with J McGregor) (2009) 'Commentary on July 2009 Home Office Report on Zimbabwe', London: Independent Advisory Group on Country Information
03 February, 2017
New special issue offers transnational perspectives on southern Africa’s liberation movements
17 December, 2013
New Special Issue on Politics, Patronage and Violence in Zimbabwe Co-edited by Jocelyn Alexander and Miles Tendi
Research interests:

Southern African social and political history; liberation struggles and their legacies; rural politics; state-making and land reform; law and state punishment; political imprisonment.