Benedito Machava

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Assistant Professor
HQ 260
Fields of interest: 

Colonial and Post-colonial Africa, Liberation Struggles, Decolonization, African Socialism, Carcerality, Culture and Politics in Lusophone Africa

Benedito Machava is a historian of colonial and post-colonial Africa. Raised and educated in Mozambique, he received his PhD at Michigan University in 2018. His research focuses on liberation struggles, decolonization, nation building, socialism and socialist experiments in Africa. His current book manuscript, The Morality of Revolution: Reeducation Camps and the Carceral Regime in Socialist Mozambique, 1974-1990, examines the politics of public morality, carcerality/punishment and citizenship in post-independence Mozambique. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Before coming to Yale, Machava was a Cotsen-Link Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University (2018-2020) and a History Lecturer at University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.
Selected Publications:
  • “Reeducation Camps, Austerity, and the Carceral Regime in Socialist Mozambique (1974-79), Journal of African History, 60, 3 (2019): 429-455
  • “The Dead Archive: Notes on Institutional Memories and the State in Mozambique” (with Euclides Gonçalves), Africa (under review)
  • “Reeducation Camps and the Messianic Ethos of Mozambique’s Socialism, 1974-1988”, in Françoise Blum, ed. African Socialisms and Socialisms in Africa. Paris: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (forthcoming)
  •  “Galo Amanheceu em Lourenço Marques: O 7 de Setembro e o Verso da Descolonização em Moçambique”, Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 106 (2015): 53-84
  • “Comparative Politics of Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau” (with M. Anne Pitcher), Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2013
  •  “State Discourse on Internal Security and the Politics of Punishment in Post-Independence Mozambique (1975-1983)”, Journal of Southern African Studies, 37,3 (2011): 593-609
  • “An Archaeological Analysis of Pottery from Massingir District, Southern Mozambique”, (with Solange Macamo) The South African Archaeological Bulletin, 66, 149 (2011): 113-120.