Professional and Biographical Information

Submitted by Sean Redding on Friday, 8/28/2020, at 10:37 AM

Ph.D Yale University

B.A. Swarthmore College

Recent Publications

Submitted by Sean Redding on Monday, 8/12/2019, at 11:10 AM


Sorcery and Sovereignty: Taxation, Power and Rebellion in Rural South Africa. Ohio University Press, 2006.



“African women farmers in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, 1875- 1930: State policies and spiritual vulnerabilities,” in Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: A global perspective, ed. by Jennifer Aston and Catherine Bishop, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020.

“Violent Memories and Bad Neighbors: South Africa’s ANC and Zimbabwe in the 1980s,” in Legacies of War: Enduring Memories, Persistent Patterns, ed. by Jennifer Leaning, Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights (distributed by Harvard University Press), 2019.

Revision of “Women and Gender Roles in Africa since 1918: Gender as a Determinant of Status,” in Blackwell’s Companion to the History of Gender, 2nd edition, edited by Teresa Meade and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Basil Blackwell, 2020.

Recently published:

Witchcraft in Africa: Political Power and Spiritual Insecurity from the Precolonial Era to the Present.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Oxford University Press. doi:

“Women as Diviners and as Christian Converts in Rural South Africa, c.1880-1959,” Journal of African History, 2016

“Armed Struggle in the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa,” in Encyclopedia of South Africa, edited by Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs, Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2011.

"Faction Fights, Student Protest and Rebellion: The Politics of Beer-Drinks and Bad Food in the Transkei, South Africa, 1955-1963, African Studies Review, 2010.

 “Maybe Freedom Will Come from You”: Christian Prophecies and Rumors in the Development of Rural Resistance in South Africa, 1948-1961,” Journal of Religion in Africa, 2010.