Current Work

I’m currently engaged in work aimed at understanding the dynamics of former national liberation movements and the societies which they have governed in their party form. How have these parties contended with hostile political-economic conditions, ranging from the aftermaths of direct colonial exploitation to the neocolonial mechanisms of today? What are the practices of these movements and how and to what extent have they been successful? Do they still present a revolutionary vehicle, or are there movements from below which could credibly contest their hegemony in the pursuit of further social transformation?

Below are two current research projects motivated by these questions:

“The Economic Freedom Fighters and the Dynamics of Insurgent Practice in South Africa”

This project, my master’s thesis, asks how and to what extent the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party helped to induce the resignation of South African President Jacob Zuma.

“Pedagogy, Practice, and Agricultural Development in Revolutionary Guinea-Bissau”

This project links the praxis of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) to the notion of an anticolonial environmental sociology, as articulated in the party’s struggle for revolutionary agrarian socialism.