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Josiah Brownell

Associate Professor


Josiah Brownell’s research interests center on 20th century Southern African history; race, ethnicity, and national identity in Rhodesia (colonial Zimbabwe) and apartheid South Africa; self-determination, secessionism, and international law; comparative settler colonialism; and the international politics of African decolonization.

Brownell is the author of the book The Collapse of Rhodesia: population demographics and the politics of race (IB Tauris, 2010; paperback edition: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) and more recently, of Struggles for Self-Determination: The Denial of Reactionary Statehood in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

B.A., Western Michigan University; M.A., London School of Economics; J.D., University of Virginia Law School; Ph.D. History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.