• Sub-saharan Africa and the United States


  • Professor John Higginson
  • Professor Joye Bowman


  • Ph.D. in History (ABD) Candidate, UMass Amherst
  • MA, Economic History, University of Zimbabwe (awarded the degree with merit, received distinction for dissertation)
  • B.A (Honors) Economic History, University of Zimbabwe


Anotida Chikumbu's broader research focus is the economic and political history of sub-saharan Africa and the United States.  He is primarily interested in discourses of elections, presidential leadership, decolonization, military history, the civil rights movement, and black consciousness. He is currently working on his thesis/book entitled, Unsung Heroes: African Veterans of The Second World War and the Decolonization of Zimbabwe, c. 1945-1979. Chikumbu was recently selected to be among the inaugural group of the Society for Military History fellows at the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. He is also an opinion columnist for South Africa’s "Maverick Citizen," a section of the Daily Maverick. He usually writes about presidential leadership, elections, poverty, youth unemployment, capital flight, and other problems affecting sub-saharan Africa and the developing world. His work is sometimes published by other international news outlets and periodicals including The African Thinker, Microsoft News MSN, All Africa News, and The Mail and Guardian.  Chikumbu is the producer of the BOOK SERIES, an academic dialoguing program on the air. He has interviewed over 500 academics, government leaders, and international newsmakers whose published works focus on African studies and world affairs. Some episodes of the series have been published in partnership with the University Press of Kentucky, University of Pennsylvania’s Population Studies Center, the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), and the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at the National WWII Museum’s in New Orleans.