Dr. Simukai Chigudu

Lecturer, Department of International Development

University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Simukai Chigudu is a Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford University. He has an eclectic academic background having been awarded a DPhil in International Development and an MSc in African studies from the University of Oxford, a Master of Public Health from Imperial College London, and a medical degree from Newcastle University. His research explores the social politics of inequality in Africa using disease, public health, violence, and social suffering as the organising frameworks for both historical and contemporary case studies. His current book project, ‘The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe’ (under review with Cambridge University Press), examines the social and political causes and consequences of Zimbabwe’s catastrophic cholera outbreak in 2008/09, the worst in African history. He has conducted research in Zimbabwe, Uganda, The Gambia, and Tanzania. He has publications in the International Feminist Journal of Politics; Global Health Governance; Health Economics, Policy and Law; and Feminist Africa. Prior to working in academia, he was a medical doctor in the UK’s National Health Service.

Dr. Chigudu will deliver the presentation 'Being and Becoming African at Oxford: Reflections'.