Historical and Heritage Studies
Dr Thula Simpson
BA Hons (King's, London) DPhil (Birkbeck, London)
My association with the Department began when I was granted a post-doctoral fellowship that lasted from 2007 to 2009. Then, from 2009, I joined the Department on a full-time basis as Senior Lecturer.
I am responsible for teaching the following modules: I co-lecture GES 110 (‘The Western World: a Survey’) with Prof. Pretorius and GES 310 (‘Historical Trends in the Modern World’) with Dr Grobler. I also assist with marking assignments in the GES 210 module. At honours level I co-lecture GES 704 (‘The American South and South Africa: Comparative Historical Perspectives’), and am sole lecturer for GES 715 (‘World History’), which focuses on the role of technology in the evolution of the human race over the last 250,000 (or so!) years.
My research focuses on the history of the liberation struggle in Southern Africa. I have published numerous articles on this theme in a number of journals, including African Historical Review, African Studies, Journal of Southern African Studies, Social Dynamics and South African Historical Journal.