Wesley Mwatwara

Membership:  2018

Member Bio

Wesley Mwatwara is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, and a PhD in history from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His research areas of interest are socioenvironmental history, agrarian history, sustainability, livestock disease management, politics, mobile telephony, and social movements. His articles appear in journals such as the South African Historical Journal, Journal of Southern African Studies, , , and Environment and History.


  • with Sandra Swart. “Better Breeds? The Colonial State, Africans, and the Cattle Quality Clause in Southern Rhodesia, c.1912–1930.” Journal of Southern African Studies 42, no. 2 (2016): 333–50.
  • with Sandra Swart. “‘If Our Cattle Die, We Eat Them but These White People Bury and Burn Them!’: African Livestock Regimes, Veterinary ‘Knowledge’ and the Emergence of a Colonial Order in Southern Rhodesia, c.1860–c.1902.” Kronos 41, no.1 (2015): 112–41.
  • “‘Even the Calves Must Dip’: East Coast Fever, Africans and the Imposition of Dipping Tanks in Southern Rhodesia, c.1902–1930.” Southern African Historical Journal 66, no. 2 (2014): 320–48.
  • with Sandra Swart. “‘It Is No Use Advising Us! Command Us and We Will Obey’: Livestock Management, Soil Conservation, and the State in Southern Rhodesia, c.1930–50.” Environment and History 21, no. 4 (2015): 567–96.
  • “‘Running Twice as Fast while Remaining on the Same Position’: Settler Wheat Production in Southern Rhodesia, c.1928–1965.” Historia 58, no. 1 (2013): 191–214.
  • “‘The Tick Was Not Slow to Take Advantage’: A History of East Coast Fever in Colonial Zimbabwe (1901–1920).” South African Historical Journal 65, no. 2 (2013): 249–70.