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Dr Anne Heffernan

Assistant Professor (Southern African History) in the Department of History

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Anne Heffernan is a historian of modern South and Southern Africa. Her work focuses on the role of students and young people in influencing political trends and changes, particularly during apartheid. She is especially interested in protest politics and the development of new forms of political ideology and practice. Her forthcoming book, Limpopo's Legacy: Students & Democracy in South Africa (Boydell & Brewer, 2019) explores many of these themes from a regional perspective. Her next project will consider the role of South African students in the late 20th century through a transnational lens. 

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Black Consciousness
  • Protest
  • South African history
  • Youth & Student politics


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