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 mining industry and I mostly research and write about the Zambian Copperbelt. I am also running a project to preserve and digitise the archives of the Mineworkers’ Union of Zambia.
This website gives an overview about my research and teaching, and hosts pre-print versions of most of my publications to make them more accessible. You can find out more about my work in this interview or by following updates from my Twitter account @mininghistory.
You can also find information about the work of my current and former PhD students on this site. I welcome enquiries from students who wish to work on topics related to the economic and social history in Southern Africa, especially those related to the mining industry.
I would also like to hear from anyone who thinks that their research intersects with mine, as I am interested in comparative and collaborative work.
Currently, I am a lecturer at the Institute for History at Leiden and a Researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Studies Group, University of the Free State in South Africa.
I completed my PhD in history at the University of Oxford in 2016, where I held the Beit Scholarship. I’ve also held visiting fellowships at the Huntington Library in Los Angeles and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.