White Mineworkers on Zambia’s Copperbelt, 1926-74: In a Class of Their Own (Brill: Leiden, 2021) [Open Access version]

Born with a Copper Spoon: A Global History of Copper, 1830-1980 (Vancouver: University of British Colombia Press, 2022) [with Robrecht Declercq and Hans Otto Frøland]

Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa, 1930s–1990s (London: Routledge, 2020) [with Danelle van Zyl-Hermann]


‘The Life and Legacies of Kenneth Kaunda in Southern Africa’, Zambia Social Science Journal 9, 1 (forthcoming, 2023). With Marja Hinfelaar and Mary Mbewe.

The Struggle for Air: Mining, Dust and Death on the South African Rand’, Arcadia 6 (2023).

Defamation of the president, racial nationalism, and the Roy Clarke affair in Zambia‘, African Affairs, 112, 486 (2023): 33-55. [with Sishuwa Sishuwa] [Open Access PDF]

‘‘Ain’t I a bastard, well I received my training in Aussie’: The life of Frank Maybank, an Australian trade unionist in Central Africa’, Labour History, 122, 1 (2022): 131-154. [Open Access PDF]

Race at Work: A Comparative History of Mining Labor and Empire on the Central African Copperbelt and the Fushun Coalfields, c. 1907-1945’, International Labor and Working-Class History, 101 (2022): 100-117 [with Limin Teh]

Revisiting White Labourism: Working-Class Whiteness in Twentieth-Century Southern Africa’, International Review of Social History, 66, 3 (2021): 469-491 [with Danelle van Zyl-Hermann]

“A Fundamental Human Right”? Mixed-Race Marriage and the Meaning of Rights in the Postwar British Commonwealth’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 63, 3 (2021): 655-684 [with Jon Piccini] [Open Access PDF]

‘Not Wholly Justified’: The Deferred Pay Interest Fund and Migrant Labour in South Africa’s Gold Mining Industry, c.1970-1990’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 47, 3 (2021): 1-21 [with Michael Glover]

Rebalancing the historical narrative or perpetuating bias? Digitizing the archives of the Mineworkers’ Union of Zambia’, History in Africa, 48 (2021): 61-82.

Africa–EU relations and natural resource governance: understanding African agency in historical and contemporary perspective‘, Review of African Political Economy, 47, 166 (2020): 585-603. [with Hans Otto Frøland and Tshepo Gwatiwa] [Open Access PDF]

‘Aliens’ on the Copperbelt: Zambianization, nationalism and non-Zambian Africans in the mining industry’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 45, 5 (2019): 859-75. [Open Access PDF]

Race and Class in the Postwar World: The Southern African Labour Congress‘, International Labor and Working-Class History, 94 (2018): 133-55. [Open Access PDF]

Trouble in paradise: The 1958 white mineworkers’ strike on the Zambian Copperbelt’, Extractive Industries and Society, 4, 4 (2017): 707-16. [Open Access PDF]

“There are worse places than Dalmuir!” Glaswegian riveters on the Clyde and the Copperbelt‘, Labour History Review, 80, 3 (2015): 273–92. (Awarded the 2015 Labour History Review essay prize) [Open Access PDF]

The World of European Labour on the Northern Rhodesian Copperbelt, 1940-1945‘, International Review of Social History, 60, 2 (2015): 225-55.


‘American Mining Engineers and the Global Copper Industry, c.1880-1945’, in Robrecht Declerq, Hans Otto Frøland and Duncan Money (eds.), Born with a Copper Spoon: A Global History of Copper, 1830-1980 (Vancouver: University of British Colombia Press, 2022), 72-92. [Open Access PDF]

‘Zambia: Changes in Occupational Structure and Key Industrial Sectors, 1900-2000’, in Andrew Cohen and Rory Pilossof, Labour and Economic Change in Southern Africa c.1900-2000: Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi (London: Routledge, 2021), 104-153 [with Andrew Cohen and Rory Pilossof]

Divergence and Convergence on the Copperbelt: White mineworkers in comparative perspective, 1911-63’, in Miles Larmer, et. al. (eds.), Across the Copperbelt: Urban & Social Change in Central Africa’s Borderland Communities (James Currey: Woodbridge, 2021), pp. 77-100.

Underground Struggles: The Early Life of Jack Hodgson’, in Klaas van Walraven (ed.), The Individual in African History: The Importance of Biography in African Historical Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2020), pp. 170-193. [Open Access PDF]

The Dog that Didn’t Bark: White Mineworkers at Zambian Independence’, in Duncan Money and Danelle van Zyl-Hermann (eds.), Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa, 1930s-1990s (London: Routledge, 2020), pp. 154-172.

South Africa’s Divided Trade Unions and the International Labour Movement’, in Stefano Belluci and Holger Weiss (eds.), The Internationalisation of the Labour Question: Ideological Antagonism, Workers’ Movements and the ILO since 1919 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), pp. 383-408. [Open Access PDF]

Introduction: India in Edinburgh, 1780 to the present day’, in Roger Jeffrey (ed.), India In Edinburgh, 1750s to the Present (London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 1-21. [with Roger Jeffrey]


Sources for the History of the Copperbelt’, Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of African History (February 2022).


‘No matter how much or how little they’ve got, they can’t settle down’: a social history of Europeans on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1926-1974‘, D.Phil. in History, University of Oxford, 2016.


Peer review is broken. Paying referees could help fix it‘, Times Higher Education, 5 May 2023.

This Year in History: The 1922 Rand Revolt‘, Southern Africa Historical Journal (2023), 24 April 2023.

Review: Workers of the Empire, Unite: Radical and Popular Challenges to British Imperialism, 1910s–1960s, edited by Yann Béliard and Neville Kirk (eds)‘, Twentieth Century British History (2023): hwad021

The Transformative and Hungry Technologies of Copper Mining‘, Edge Effects, 16 March 2023.

Copper transformed way the world works before: it’s about to do so again‘, The Conversation, 23 January 2023. (Republished on Yahoo News and MSN)

Grant-getting targets have made academia resemble T-shirt selling‘, Times Higher Education, 4 January 2023.

Review: Inside mining capitalism: The micropolitics of work on the Congolese and Zambian Copperbelts, by Benjamin Rubbers‘, African Affairs 122, 486 (2023): 171-173.

Review: There Used to Be Order: Life on the Copperbelt after the Privatisation of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mine by Patience Mususa‘, Africa 92, 5 (2022): 889-890.

Frank Maybank, an Australian trade unionist in Central Africa‘, Radical Currents 2 (Summer 2022).

Review: Settlers at the end of Empire: Race and the Politics of Migration in South Africa, Rhodesia, and the United Kingdom by Jean P. Smith‘, Reviews in History, Review no. 2469 (December 2022).

The 1922 Rand Revolt – White Workers’ Marikana?‘, Amandla! 85/86 (December 2022)

Review: War and Society in Colonial Zambia, 1939–1953, by Alfred Tembo‘, African Studies Review (2022): 1-3.

Getting Things ‘Write’: Constructive Criticism, Confidence and Community in the Southern Africa Writing Group‘, ASCL Africanist Blog, 29 August 2022. [with Tanja Hendriks and Julia Foudraine]

Zambia’s copper mines hard-baked racism into the workplace by labelling whites ‘expats’‘, The Conversation, 22 August 2022.

Review: Class, Work and Whiteness: Race and settler colonialism in Southern Rhodesia, 1919-79, by Nicola Ginsburgh‘, Journal of Southern African Studies 48, 3 (2022): 620-21.

Review: General Labour History of Africa: Workers, Employers and Governments, 20th and 21st Centuries ed. Stefano Bellucci and Andreas Eckert’, International Review of Social History, 67, 1 (2022): 137-140.

A Trove for Historians of Africa: Reflections from the International Studies Group and Research Associates’, History Australia, 18, 4 (2021): 858-863. [with Ana Stevenson, George Bishi, Victor Gwande, Kundai Manamere, Rebecca Swartz and Sarah-Jane Walton]

The Global History of Labor and Race: Foundations and Key Concepts’, JSTOR Daily, 30 April 2021. [with Limin Teh]

Class, Race and Empire: The White Working Class in Historical Perspective’, The Sociological Review, 30 April 2021.

Repurchasing the Family Silver: Zambia nationalises its copper mines again’, ASCL Africanist Blog, 19 February 2021. [with Jennifer Chansa]

Whiteness in Southern Africa’, Africa is a Country, 5 April 2020. [with Danelle van Zyl-Hermann]

White Mineworkers at Zambian Independence’, Africa is a Country, 5 April 2020.

Review: The Long Shadow of the British Empire: The Ongoing Legacies of Race and Class in Zambia by Juliette Bridgette Milner Thornton’, Zambia Social Sciences Journal 4, 1 (2013), 66-68.


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