Allison Drew teaches in the Department of Politics at the University
of York. She obtained an MA in African Area Studies, an MA in
Science and a PhD in Political Science from the University of
Her work examines the dynamics between African states and
social movements and their imperial metropoles. Much of her research
focusses on South Africa, especially the
changing relationship between socialism, nationalism and the state and
the interactions between national and international movements. Her
current comparative project on Communism and nationalism in Algeria and
has been funded by the British Academy and
the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
She would welcome enquiries from those interested in postgraduate
research in African politics, South African history and politics,
Communist and socialist history and comparative women’s movements.
Resources available for
research students at York
In York the J B Morrell Library contains considerable holdings on
Southern African politics and history. The Raymond Burton Humanities
Research Library houses the Borthwick Institute for Archives, which
contains the Southern African Archives, and the library has significant
microfilm holdings. Students undertaking research degrees will also
want to take advantage of nearby resources, such as the
British Library Lending Division at Boston Spa, the Brotherton Library
in Leeds and the John Rylands Library and People’s History Museum in
Articles and chapters
- Between Empire and Revolution: A Life of
Sidney Bunting, 1873-1936, Pretoria: Unisa, 2009
(paperback), London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007 (hardback).
Comrades: Identities and Loyalties on the South African Left,
Pretoria: Unisa, 2002 (paperback); Aldershot:
Ashgate, 2000 (hardback).
Africa's Radical Tradition: A Documentary History, vol. 2, 1943-1964,
Cape Town: University of Cape Town, Mayibuye and Buchu, 1997. Available
South African History Online at <http://www.sahistory.org.za/pages/sources/allison-drew/index.htm>.
Africa's Radical Tradition: A Documentary History, vol. 1, 1907-1950,
Cape Town: University of Cape Town, Mayibuye and Buchu, 1996.
- “Urban Activists and Rural Struggles: Communists in Algeria and
South Africa, 1920s-1930s,” African
Studies, 66, 2-3,
August-December 2007, 295-319.
- “‘1922 and all that’: Facts and the Writing of South African
History,” in Hans Erik Stolten, ed., Collective
Memory and Present Day Politics in South Africa, Uppsala: Nordic
Africa Institute, 2006, 334-50.
- “Bunting, Sidney, (1873-1936)”, Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University,
- “Anti-colonialism and Resistance: Southern Africa”, in Prem
Poddar and David Johnson, eds., A
Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English,
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University, 2005, 28-33.
- “The New Line in South Africa: Ideology and Perception in a Very
Small Communist Party,” in Matthew Worley, ed., In Search of Revolution: International
Communist Parties in the Third Period, London: I. B. Tauris,
- “Will the Real Sidney
Bunting Please Stand Up? Constructing and Contesting the Identity of a
South African Communist,” English
Historical Review, cxviii, 479, November 2003, 1208-41.
- “Bolshevizing Communist Parties – the Algerian and South African
Experiences,” International Review
of Social History, 48, 2003, 167-202.
- “Prisoner Number 3566: An Interview with Joseph Leon Glazer,” Socialist History, 22, 2002, 32-55.
- “Interview with Mandla Langa,” Comparative
Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, XX, 1-2,
- "Writing South African
Communist History," Science &
61, 1, Spring 1997, 107-113.
- "Theory and Practice of the Agrarian Question in South African
1928-60," Journal of Peasant Studies, 23, 2/3, January-April
53-92. Also published in Henry Bernstein, ed., The Agrarian
in South Africa, London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 1996, 53-92.
- "Female Consciousness and Feminism in Africa," Theory and
24, 1995, 1-33.
- Coordinator, English-Politics degree
- Images of Land and Identity in South African Politics and
- South African Politics
- Comparative Women's Movements