Alexander Thomson

Dr

  • 149 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
19952016

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Personal profile

Biography

My primary research interest is the diplomatic history of US relations with apartheid South Africa. I have published a number of books and journal articles on this topic, and I am currently working on a project integrating previously overlooked South African archive materials into the literature addressing this issue.

Additionally, I also work with grassroots community groups in Zimbabwe who are seeking to gain a voice in this country’s transitional justice programme. In partnership with a local NGO, this project seeks to assess and facilitate understanding of transitional justice processes at the grassroots level, with a view to encouraging participation, and broadening the relevance of transitional justice initiatives in Zimbabwe.

Research Interests

Apartheid; Peacebuilding; Conflict resolution; Transitional justice; Conflict transformation; Peace and reconcilliation

Vision Statement

Transitional justice in Zimbabwe: My work with grass roots community groups in Zimbabwe seeks to use innovative methodologies looking beyond, and challenging, elite discourses and praxis on transitional justice in this country, helping create a more inclusive political transition.

US foreign policy towards apartheid South Africa: My research on this topic engages the full range of available archive sources, including those located in South Africa. A more nuanced history has been the outcome of this more comprehensive approach to the archives.

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Research Output

  • 149 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 15 Article
  • 6 Book

An Introduction to African Politics

Thomson, A., 22 Apr 2016, 4 ed. London: Routledge. 298 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Perceptions of Value: Assessing the Agent/Commission Model of UK Higher Education Recruitment in Africa

    Thomson, A., 2014, In : African Review. 6, 2, p. 105-120 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Trading places: The role of agents in international student recruitment from Africa

    Hulme, M., Thomson, A., Hulme, R. & Doughty, G., 2014, In : Journal of Further and Higher Education. 38, 5, p. 674-689

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)

    A More Effective Constructive Engagement: US Policy Towards South Africa after the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986

    Thomson, A., 14 Dec 2012, In : Politikon. 39, 3, p. 371-389 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Bringing in the grassroots: transitional justice in Zimbabwe

    Thomson, A. & Jazdowska, N., 2012, In : Conflict, Security and Development. 12, 1, p. 75-102

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    5 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 2 Participation in conference

    Politics and Ethics International Conference

    Alexander Thomson (Participant)
    24 Mar 200526 Mar 2005

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    British Association of American Studies

    Alexander Thomson (Participant)
    15 Apr 200418 Apr 2004

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference