Zimbabwean academic Simukai Chigudu named among top 10 African researchers ‘to watch in 2024’

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A British publication has named Zimbabwean academic, writer and historian, Simukai Chigudu among rising academic stars.

The youthful Chigudu (38), who is also a scientist and an influential commentator on the legacy of British colonialism, is widely regarded in the academic community for his work.

Chigudu was born in Zimbabwe and attended St George’s College, an exclusive school for the rich where he had his first encounter with racism and white privilege, according to an article he wrote in The Guardian.


The Africa Report states in a feature that, from Accra to Tokyo, Harare to Washington, the Africa’s pool of research experts, lecturers and other scholars have been making life-changing decisions that help change the world every day.

“Through their various fields of study/research, they deal with some of the world’s most pressing problems and help shape public debates,” the article says.

Simukai Chigudu is an associate professor of African politics at the Oxford Department of International Development and fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford University.

He’s a scholar with special interest in the politics of global health and epidemics, race and identity, citizenship and activist movements.

Chigudu is the author of The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe. The academic monograph, based on his doctoral research at Oxford University, won the 2021 Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award from the American and International Political Science Associations. It also won the biennial Audrey Richards Prize from UK African Studies Association for the best Ph.D. thesis examined at a UK university.

Other rising stars are from Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa, among others.

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