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Paul Chiudza Banda

Ph.D. Candidate

Courses Taught

ASP 220: Introduction to Africana Studies
HIST180: World History since 1500

Major Field

British Imperialism and Decolonization

Other Fields

Latin America; Modern Africa; West Africa


Joseph Hodge

Research Interests

Mr. Chiudza Banda's current research interests revolve around conducting a historical analysis of the reactions of the colonial state (1891-1964) and the post-colonial state (1964-1994) in Malawi (formerly called Nyasaland Protectorate), to suppress individuals and civil society organizations that challenged the authority and legitimacy of the states in question. He is particularly interested in analyzing what has been described as state counter-insurgency, whereby the state uses resources at its disposal, such as the police forces, manipulations of the information and legal systems, and embarking on development programs as a tool for propaganda, to both defeat the ‘insurgents’ and also to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of the society at large.


‘The 2009 General Elections in Malawi: Process, Results and Lessons’ (in The Society of Malawi Journal, Vol.63, No.2, 2010), pp.4-14.

‘The 1959 Nyasaland State of Emergency: Process and Political Implications’ (in The Society of Malawi Journal, Vol.65, No.2, 2012), pp.1-19.
Note: co-authored with Gift W. Kayira.

“Materialism and Ethnicity: The Rise of Lomwe Ethnic Consciousness in Malawi, 1890-2010”.
(in The Society of Malawi Journal, Vol.66, No.2, 2013), pp.39-50.
Note: co-authored with Gift W. Kayira.

“Hastings Kamuzu Banda: How the Cold War Sustained Bad Leadership in Malawi, 1964-1994” (in Baba G. Jallow, ed. Leadership in Postcolonial Africa: Trends Transformed by Independence. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, December 2014. pp27-44).

Book Review: Toyin Falola and Emmanuel M. Mbah, eds. Contemporary Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. In African Studies Quarterly, Volume 15, Issue 2, March 2015, pp120-121.