Department of History

Sishuwa is a Lecturer in Modern History, with research and teaching interests in 19th and 20th century African History. He was educated at University of Oxford (DPhil; MSc) and the University of Zambia (BA). 

Research Interests

Sishuwa’s research interests include identity politics, political history, historical biography, populism, political parties, elections, civil society, and democratisation. 


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • ‘Patronage Politics and Parliamentary Elections in Zambia’s One-party State c. 1983-1988’, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 14, 4 (2020).
  • ‘Surviving on Borrowed Power: Rethinking the Role of Civil Society in Zambia’s Third-term Debate’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 46, no. 3, (2020), 471-490.
  • ‘A White Man Will Never Be a Zambian’: Racialised Nationalism, the Rule of Law, and Competing Visions of Independent Zambia in the Case of Justice James Skinner, 1964–1969, Journal of Southern African Studies, 45, no. 3 (2019), 503-523.
  • 'Roots of Contemporary Political Strategies: Ethno-Populism in Zambia during the Late Colonial Era and Early 2000s', Journal of Southern African Studies, 2021.
  • (with Nic Cheeseman), 'African Studies Keyword: Democracy', African Studies Review, 64, 3 (2021), 704-732.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Charismatic Leadership in African Politics’ in Jose Pedro Zuquete (ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Charisma (London: Routledge, 2020).
  • ‘Join Me to Get Rid of this President”: The Opposition, Civil Society and Zambia’s 2011 Election’ in Tinenenji Banda, O’Brien Kaaba, Marja Hinfelaar and Muna Ndulo (eds.), Democracy and Electoral Politics in Zambia (Leiden: Brill, 2020)., pp. 11-33.
  • ‘Zambia: Modern History’. In I. Frame (ed), Africa South of the Sahara 2020, 49th Edition. London: Routledge, 2020.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Chin Kwang Lee, The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labour and Foreign Investment in Africa (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017) Zambia Social Science Journal, (2020).  
  • ‘Review of Miles Larmer, Rethinking African Politics: A History of Opposition in Zambia (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), Journal of Modern African Studies, 50: 3 (2012), 63-365.

Working Papers

  • ‘Cities and dominance: Urban strategies for political settlement maintenance and change: Zambia case study’, ESID Working Paper No. 136, 2020.  with Marja Hinfelaar and Danielle Resnick.
  • ‘Charisma and politics in post-colonial Africa’, CSSR Working Paper No. 446, 2020.

Recent Opinion Pieces


  • ‘This is how Lungu is planning to rig Zambia’s 2021 general election’, Mail & Guardian, 25 September 2020
  • ‘Campaigning together but on their own’, Mail & Guardian, 11 September 2020. With Nic Cheeseman
  • ‘In Zambia, Covid-19 has claimed democracy, not human life’, Mail & Guardian, 15 June 2020.
  • ‘Why the Copperbelt remains Zambia’s factory of political change’, News Diggers, 20 September 2020
  • ‘The importance of transformational leadership in crisis situations’, News Diggers, 9 September 2020.
  • ‘Leadership matters: remembering Levy Mwanawasa’, News Diggers, 19 August 2020.
  • ‘A distinguished troublemaker: celebrating Simon Zukas at 95’, News Diggers, 22 July 2020.
  • ‘What is eating me and giving me sleepless nights: A response to Sunday Chanda’, News Diggers, 1 January 2020.
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