I worked as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh between 2016 and 2019. I was the course convenor and lecturer for the Masters course ‘Cultures of Human Rights’ as well as a series of anthropological theory courses at undergraduate level. I also supervised undergraduate and Masters students studying Law, Development studies and African studies.

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Following Zimbabwe’s controversial Land Reform Program, land beneficiaries (those given land) and farmworkers (previously employed by white farmers) lived alongside each other in new resettlement areas. My PhD focused on the lives and struggles of these two groups; their relationship to the state, the ZANU PF party, and traditional leaders who claimed authority in these areas. In particular I examine what it meant to claim to ‘belong’ or be an ‘authority’ on farms post land reform. My fieldwork was conducted across a series of farms in Mazowe (Zimbabwe) between 2011 and 2013. At this point in time, Robert Mugabe was still in power. The thesis thus doubles as an examination of ZANU PF’s power in commercial farming areas following land reform. 

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Academic Publications

2019 ‘Ambiguous Bonds: Relationships between Farm Workers and Land Beneficiaries after Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme’

Journal of Southern African Studies, 45:5, 927-944                                                      DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2020.1677034


Newspaper Publications

2019 London Review of Books, ‘In Zimbabwe’, 30 January https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2019/01/30/leila-sinclair-bright/in-zimbabwe/

2018 The National, ‘Euphoria turns to harsh reality for Zimbabweans in just a year’, 18 November                               https://www.thenational.scot/news/17231183.euphoria-turns-to-harsh-reality-for-zimbabweans-in-just-a-year’

2018 London Review of Books, ‘Rugged Investors Only’, 17 August https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2018/08/17/leila-sinclair-bright/rugged-investors-only/