Simukai Chigudu is Associate Professor of African Politics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Antony's College. His monograph, The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe, won the prestigious Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award from the International Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association. The book is based on his doctoral research at Oxford University, which won the biennial Audrey Richards Prize from the UK African Studies Association for the best PhD thesis examined at a university in the UK. He is published in peer-reviewed social science and medical journals including African Affairs, Global Health Governance, Health Economics, Policy and Law, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Health Policy and Planning, Feminist Africa, and The Lancet. Prof. Simukai's longstanding commitment to thinking, teaching, and writing about the cultural politics of colonialism and racism is reflected in his public commentary in The Guardian, the BBC, Al Jazeera, the Economist, and the New York Times. He is currently working on a new book about decolonization. Prof. Chigudu previously trained as a doctor and practiced medicine in the UK's National Health Service for three years. He also worked and conducted research in South Africa, Tanzania, and the Gambia.
Prof. Chigudu's talk, "The Long Shadow of Cecil John Rhodes," inaugurates a first year of decolonial thinking, practice, pedagogy, and curriculum in Cultural Anthropology at Duke.