Sara Rich Dorman
- Dr Sara Rich Dorman
- Senior Lecturer in African Politics
- 4.08 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 4239
- Research Interests
- African Politics, nationalism and the post-colonial state in Africa, Citizenship and belonging, Elections, State formation
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Monday 12-2pm
Knowledge Exchange Fellow ESRC-AHRC-FCO, 2018-2020
- BA Honours, Political Science and History Memorial University of Newfoundland
- MPhil Politics, St Antony's College, Oxford
- DPhil Politics, St Antony's College, Oxford
Areas of interest
African Politics, with an emphasis on post-liberation states: Zimbabwe and Eritrea. The politics of NGOs, churches, elections, election-observing, and state-society relations. The politics of nationalism, nation and state-building in Africa, especially in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa.
Research related activities
Senior Editor, Journal of Southern African Studies
Editorial Board member, African Affairs
The End of the Mugabe Era Current History May 2018.
Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism (Hurst and OUP 2016) Reviewed in African Studies Review here, Foreign Affairs here, the Round Table here and the Africa at LSE blog here.
"‘We have not made anybody homeless’: regulation and control of urban life in Zimbabwe" Citizenship Studies (2016)
“Born Powerful? Authoritarian Politics in Eritrea and Zimbabwe” in From Revolutionary Movements to Political Parties: Cases From Africa and Latin America ed. Kalowatie Deonandan, Dave Close and Gary Prevost. Palgrave 2008.
Making Nations, Creating Strangers: States and Citizenship in Africa edited with Paul Nugent and Daniel Hammett (Leiden: Brill 2007)
“Citizenship in Africa: renegotiating identity and nationhood” with Paul Nugent and Dan Hammett in Making Nations, Creating Strangers: States and Citizenship in Africa With Paul Nugent and Daniel Hammett (Leiden: Brill 2007)
“Post-liberation Politics in Africa: Examining the political legacy of struggle” Third World Quarterly 27.6 (2006).
"Studying Democratization in Africa: A Case Study of Human Rights NGOs in Zimbabwe" in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, African NGOs, Donors, and the State, Tim Kelsall and Jim Igoe, eds. Carolina Academic Press 2005, pp 33-59.
"'Make sure they count nicely this time': The Politics of Elections and Election-observing in Zimbabwe", Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 43.2 June 2005.
"Narratives of nationalism in Eritrea: research and revisionism", Nations and Nationalism 11.2, March 2005, pp 203-222.
"Past the Kalashnikov: Youth, Politics and the State in Eritrea", J. Abbink & I. van Kessel, eds, Vanguard or Vandals? Youth, Politics and Conflict in Africa. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004, pp 189-204.
"NGOs and the Constitutional debate in Zimbabwe: from Inclusion to Exclusion" Journal of Southern African Studies. Volume 29 Number 4 December 2003.
"Rocking the Boat? Church NGOs and Democratization in Zimbabwe" African Affairs 101 (2002).
Topics interested in supervising
Sara welcomes inquiries from prospective students interested in researching African Politics. Current and recently finished PhD students whom she supervises/d have conducted research in Angola, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Russia. Recent topics include land reform, violence, religion, labour, NGOs and social movements in Southern Africa; borders, leadership succession, trade and identity in the Horn of Africa; corruption, mutinies and elections in West Africa.
If you are interested in being supervised by Sara Rich Dorman, please see the links below for more information: