Miss Kuziwakwashe Zigomo

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Kuziwakwashe Zigomo is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis entitled ‘Pentecostalism, Politics, and Leadership in Zimbabwe’ investigates the way in which leadership in the three spheres of religion, civil society, and politics intersect and interrelate. Her thesis draws on aspects of culture and religion to build popular understandings about leadership in Zimbabwe and aims to show how the reproduction of structures of power takes place in different spheres and contexts.

Kuziwakwashe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communication Studies from Monash University South Africa, and a Master of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, South Australia. Prior to this Kuziwakwashe worked as a Research Intern then Research Assistant at an independent political think tank in Zimbabwe. Her research interests include: southern African politics (particularly Zimbabwe, South Africa and the overarching SADC region); religion; migration, citizenship and belonging; gender; development; peacebuilding and security.

Kuziwakwashe was a co-coordinator of the Africa Research Students Network (AfNET), a student-led organisation of research students working on Africa based across the University of London (2016-17); she served as a student representative on the college’s Research Degrees Program Committee (2017-18) and the Centre for Global Politics and Development (2018-19).

Kuziwakwashe is an associate teaching fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a seminar tutor on the course Introduction to International Relations and has taught on the course Research Methods in Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has also taught on the course Decolonising World Politics at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS).

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