Dr Zoë Groves

Lecturer in Modern Global, Colonial and Postcolonial History

Dr Zoë GrovesContact details:

  • Email: zrg3@le.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 2449
  • Office: Room 705, Attenborough Tower

Personal details:

I received my MRes (2006) and PhD (2011) from Keele University, where I also studied as an undergraduate (BA Dual Hons. International History and Philosophy, 2004). I then joined Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Humanities (2011-2013). In 2013, I returned to the UK to take up a Lectureship in African History at the University of Cambridge. I joined the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester in August 2017, as Lecturer in Modern Global, Colonial and Postcolonial History.

My research examines the social and cultural history of central and southern Africa, with particular interest in migration and urbanisation in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More broadly, I am interested in global histories of migration, citizenship, and the formation of diasporas in the colonial and postcolonial world.

During my doctoral research I was affiliated with the History Department at the Chancellor College, University of Malawi, and the History Department at the University of Zimbabwe. I am currently a Research Associate at WISER, University of the Witwatersrand.

In 2011 I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Southern African Studies.


This year I am teaching on the following courses:

  • HS1002: The Shock of the Modern
  • HS1012: Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World
  • HS2238: Global Cities
  • HS2400: Perceiving the Past
  • HS3501/2: Dissertations
  • HS3774: Cultures of Struggle and Liberation: Twentieth century Southern Africa
  • HS7010: Historical Research, Historical Writing
  • HS7310: Global History: Comparative and Connected Approaches

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