Francis Musoni

  • Assistant Professor
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
1701 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Research Associate
  • African Center for Migration and Society- Wits University
  • South Africa
Research Interests:

Spring 2018 Office Hours: Monday 2:30-4:00 and Wednesday 2:30-4:00


  • Ph.D, Emory University
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Zimbabwe
  • M.A, University of Zimbabwe
  • B.A Honors, University of Zimbabwe

My research focuses on migrations and cross-border mobilities, borderland communities, refugees, ethnic identities and informal economies in Africa. In addition to articles published in various journals, my book manuscript entitled Contested Illegality: Border Jumping and the Control of Mobility across the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border is currently under contract at Indiana University Press. Relying on extensive fieldwork in the Zimbabwe-South Africa border zone, as well as research at 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), the book examines how border jumping came to be a salient feature of the Zimbabwe-South Africa border's cultural milieu. 

I am also working on a co-authored book (with Iddah Otieno, Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson) entitled African Immigrants in Central Kentucky, which is under contract at University Press of Kentucky. Based almost entirely on oral interviews with differently positioned African migrants in Central Kentucky, this book provides a refreshing look at people's movements from postcolonial Africa to the United States, the highly debated concept of Africanity, as well as migrants' struggles with and the joys of maintaining connections with "home" while pursuing their dreams in America. 

Before joining the University of Kentucky, I taught at the University of Zimbabwe for five years and held a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Five Colleges African Studies Program in Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition, I have also served as a Research Associate at the African Center for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa since 2015.



  • War and Society in World History, 1945 to present
  • Introduction to African Studies
  • Colonial and Postcolonial History of Africa
  • Migrations Within and Out of Africa
  • Africa’s Borderlands in Global Perspectives
  • Land and Politics in Africa  
  • Migrations in World History
  • International Studies Senior Capstone Seminar on Global Migrations
  • Readings on Forced Migrations and Refugee Resettlement
Selected Publications: 




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