School of Social Sciences

Vukile Khumalo

Vukile Khumalo

Vukile Khumalo Position Lecturer
Discipline History 
  • Ph.D. (History), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – United States of America.
  • MA, University of Natal, Durban.
  • BA Honours, University of Natal, Durban.

Contact Information

Phone: 031 260 1409


Office Address: Room 116, Howard College, Memorial Tower Building

Current research projects:

  1. Rural transformation and the making of a post-apartheid rural citizen
  2. Reconfiguration of the idea of a public sphere and public violence in KwaZulu-Natal, 1900 – 1910. 


  • The ANC Century: A KwaZulu-Natal Chapter, 1900 – 2012 (forthcoming)
  • Provisional Title: Power and Public Discourse: Umvoti mission reserve and the politics of economic experiments in nineteenth century Natal, 1850–1900 (forthcoming)
  • Provisional Title: Epistolary networks and political imagination in 19th century KwaZulu-Natal.

Published Articles

  Editorial: History and Heritage, Journal of Natal and Zulu History, vol. 28 (2010)
  History and Heritage: Socio-economic profiles of six former American Board Mission Stations in southern KwaZulu-Natal, Journal of Natal and Zulu History Vol. 28. (2010) (With Ntokozo Zungu, Ethekwini Municipality)
  The Post-Apartheid Condition and the Dilemmas of Imagining a Nation in South Africa in Guðmundur Hálfdanarson (ed.) Discrimination and Tolerance in Historical Perspective (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2009)
  Foreword and consultant editor, Countries of the World: South Africa (Washington: National Geographic Society, 2008)
 Excavating a Usable Past: the Politics of Christian Missions in South
Africa with Special focus on KwaZulu-Natal, 1850 – 1910, in Harris, M
(ed.) Sights and Insight Interactive Images of Wider Europe and the Wider World (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2007)
  “Ekukhanyeni Letter-writers: An inquiry into epistolary networks and
political imagination in KwaZulu–Natal, 1890 – 1900”, Barber, K (ed.) Africa’s Hidden Histories: Everyday Literacy and Making the Self (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2006) 
  Political rights, land ownership and contending forms of representation in Colonial Natal, 1860 – 1900, The Journal of Natal and Zulu History, vol. 21 (2005) 
  “The Class of 1856 and the politics of cultural production(s)” in Draper Jonathan A., (ed.) The Eye of the Storm: Essays on Bishop John William Colenso 150 Years after his Consecration as Bishop of Natal in 1853 (London: Sheffield Academic Press & Cluster Publications, 2003) 

Selected Awards

  • 2006 – 2010: Research Development Initiative for Black Academics (REDIBA) (National Research Foundation).
  • 2005: University of KwaZulu-Natal Competitive Research Fellowship.
  • 2001 – 2002: International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (Social Science Research Council & American Council of Learned Societies).
  • 2000 – 2001: Prestige Scholarship Award (National Research Foundation).
  • 2000: Pre-dissertation Research Award (International Institute, University of Michigan).
  • 2000: African Initiative Fellowship (Center for African-American and African Studies.
  • 1999 – 2000: International Institute Fellowship
  • 1998 – 1999: African Initiative Fellowship (Center for African-American and African Studies) 

Professional Positions

Editor of the Journal of Natal & Zulu History

Contributing Editor of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME)


  • Culture & History: 19th & 20th century KwaZulu-Natal
  • Topics in African History (East & West Africa)
  • Critical Approaches to Oral & Public Histories

Current Graduate Students

  • Nosipho Thabethe

    • Title of Thesis: Inheritance from a time of Conflict in South Africa: The Woman behind Hugo Bartel Speak Out
  • Mwelela Cele (co-supervised with Dr. Thembisa Waetjen)
    • Title of thesis: Consolidation of common purpose: A critical history of the Bantu social centre, 1933 – 1960.
  • Mthunzi Zungu

    • A history of African soccer in Natal from 1948 – 1994 with special focus on AmaZulu Football Club
  • Vashna Jagarnath (co-supervised with Prof. Keith Breckenridge)
    • Title of thesis: From South Africa to the World: The politics of writing and the making of the Mahatma, 1893 – 1914.
  • Mduduzi Percival Ngonyama

    • Title of thesis: Redefining Amakhosi Authority from ‘personal to Territorial’: An Historical Analysis of the Limitations of Colonial Boundaries on African Socio-political Relations in Natal’s Maphumulo Region, 1980 – 1910

Community Involvement

  • Council member of the National Heritage Council (NHC), South Africa