Francis Musoni

  • Assistant Professor
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
1701 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
  • B.A Honors & M.A, University of Zimbabwe
  • Ph.D, Emory University

My research focuses on migrations and cross-border mobilities, borderland communities, refugees, ethnic identities and informal economies in Southern Africa. In addition to articles published in the Journal of Southern African Studies; Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, the African Studies Review and others, my book manuscript entitled Contested Illegality: Border Jumping and the Control of Mobility across the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border is currently under review for publication. The book relies on extensive fieldwork in the Zimbabwe-South Africa border zone, as well as historical materials from the British Library (London), the National Archives of Zimbabwe (Harare), the National Archives of South Africa (Pretoria) and archives of The Employment Bureau of Africa (TEBA) located in the Special Collections of the University of Johannesburg Library (Doornfontein Campus).

I have also held a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Five Colleges African Studies Program in Amherst, Massachusetts and I am currently a Research Associate at the African Center for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.


Undergraduate surveys and Upper-level seminars

  • History of Sub-Saharan Africa (cross-listed in the African American and Africana Studies Program),
  • Migrations Within and Out of Africa
  • Africa’s Borderlands
  • Land and Politics in Africa  
  • International Studies Senior Capstone Seminar on Global Migrations

Graduate-level seminar

  • Migrations in World History
  • Readings on Forced Migrations in Africa and Refugee Resettlement in the United States of America
Selected Publications: 

“Cross-Border Mobility, Violence and Spiritual Healing in Beitbridge District, Zimbabwe.” In Journal of Southern African Studies, 42, 2 (2016). 

“Forced Resettlement, Ethnicity, and the (Un) Making of the Ndebele Identity in Buhera District, Zimbabwe.” In African Studies Review, 57, 3 (2014).

“Operation Murambatsvina and the Politics of Street Vendors in Zimbabwe” in the Journal of Southern African Studies, 36, 2 (2010).




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