Dr Tim Gibbs


Tim Gibbs lectures in African History.

His first book, Mandela’s Kinsmen: Nationalist elites and apartheid’s first Bantustan (Currey/Jacana, 2014), provides a new interpretation of the relationship between ethnicity and nationalism during the decades of insurgency in southern Africa.

He is currently working on a research project that looks at how the transformation of patterns of migration collapsed apartheid patterns of spatial segregation. This research has been undertaken in conjunction with the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and funded by the South African National Research Foundation.

He also intends to start a project on state formation in rural Africa, focusing specifically on South Africa’s, poorest, rural hinterlands.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2010  DPhil  University of Oxford 
2003  MA  University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban 
2001  BA  University of Cambridge 

Courses taught

HIST2421 African Cities - Past and Present
HIST2900 Rewriting Apartheid

Major Publications

Recent Appearances

Media Coverage

Mail & Guardian  11 Jul 14  Bantustans are dead - long live the Bantustans 
Mail & Guardian  11 Jul 14  A powerful elite traces its roots to bonds formed at mission schools 

IRIS Researcher Profile 

Dr Tim Gibbs