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Miles Tendi

Miles Tendi

(BA, MPhil, DPhil Oxon)

Post:
Associate Professor of the Politics of Africa
Email:
miles.tendi@area.ox.ac.uk
College:
St Antony's College

Miles Tendi joined the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) in 2017. His post is a joint appointment with the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA). Before moving to DPIR, he held a Departmental Lectureship in African Politics in the Oxford Department of International Development (QEH) from 2011 to 2017. Prior to joining the Oxford Department of International Development (QEH), he worked as a risk consultant for Control Risks (London).

Research Interests

Tendi is interested in: 

  • Civil-Military Relations.
  • Intellectuals and Politics.
  • The Existence and Uses of ‘Evil’ in Politics.
  • Gender and Politics. 
  • Biographical Research. 
  • Southern African Politics (especially Botswana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Eswatini, Lesotho).

Publications

Sole Authored Books

  • Fall of an African Dictator: Mugabe, a Gendered Coup and Military Power, Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe: Mujuru, the Liberation Fighter and Kingmaker, Cambridge University Press.
  • Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media, Peter Lang.

Edited Books

  • The Oxford Handbook of Zimbabwean Politics, Oxford University Press. [Co-edited with Jocelyn Alexander and JoAnn McGregor]
  • Transnational Histories of Southern African Liberation Movements, Taylor and Francis. [Co-edited with Jocelyn Alexander and JoAnn McGregor]
  • Politics, Patronage and the State in Zimbabwe, Taylor and Francis. [Co-edited with Jocelyn Alexander and JoAnn McGregor]

Journal Articles

  • 'The Motivations and Dynamics of Zimbabwe's 2017 Military Coup', African Affairs, 119, 474, 2019. 
  • ‘Transnationalism, Contingency and  Loyalty  in  African  Liberation  Armies:  The  Case  of ZANU’s 1974-1975 Nhari Mutiny’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 43, 1, 2017.
  • ‘State Intelligence and  Zimbabwe’s  Presidential  Succession  Politics’, African  Affairs,  115, 459, 2016.
  • ‘Soldiers contra Diplomats:  The  Rhodesia/Zimbabwe  Ceasefire  (1979-80)  Reconsidered’, Small Wars and Insurgencies, 26, 6, 2015.  
  • ‘The Origins and  Functions  of  Demonisation  Discourses  in  Britain-Zimbabwe  Relations (2000-)’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 40, 6, 2014.
  • ‘Ideology, Civilian Authority  and  the  Zimbabwean  Military’, Journal  of  Southern  African Studies, 39, 4, 2013.
  • ‘Robert Mugabe’s 2013  Presidential  Election  Campaign’,  Journal  of  Southern  African Studies, 39, 4, 2013.
  • ‘Power-sharing  in  Comparative  Perspective:  the  Origins  and  Consequences  of  ‘Unity Government’  in  Kenya  and  Zimbabwe’,  (co-author:  Nic  Cheeseman), Journal  of  Modern African Studies, 48, 2, 2010.
  • ‘Patriotic History and  Public  Intellectuals  Critical  of  Power’, Journal  of  Southern  African Studies, 34, 2, 2008.
  • ‘La Violence et les Urnes: Le Zimbabwe en 2008’, (co-author: Jocelyn Alexander), Politique Africaine, 111, 29, 2008.
  • ‘A Tale of Two Elections: Zimbabwe at The Polls in 2008’, (co-author: Jocelyn Alexander), ACAS Bulletin, 2, 80, 2008.