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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Zine Magubane

Sociology Department

Zine Magubane


Associate Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University

McGuinn Hall 418
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-8984

Curriculum Vitae



Scholarly Interests

Zine’s areas of specialization include social theory, sociology of post-coloniality, race and ethnicity, globalization, race and popular culture, gender and sexuality, and the sociology of African societies. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the department of African and African Diaspora Studies.

Academic Profile

My work has dealt with two major geographic areas of the world, the United States and Southern Africa. My choice of research topics reflects a deliberate effort to make an innovative contribution in the following four sociological sub-fields: the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of culture, social stratification, and historical sociology. My purpose in choosing topics as disparate as masculinity and music and assembling data from geographical locales outside of the United States was to make a significant theoretical contribution by pursuing areas of inquiry that, although they speak to the major concerns of the discipline, have traditionally been neglected. My primary goal has been to pursue topics that sit at the intersection of all four areas. In this way I have been able to make contributions in several different areas precisely through showing how they exist in dynamic interaction.

Courses Typically Taught

SOCY1039 - Africa in World Perspective
SOCY5513 - Postcolonial Studies
SOCY3304 - Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture

Recent Publications


“Following the Deeds of Men: Slavery, ‘the Global’, and International Relations.” In Global Historical Sociology and International Relations, edited by Julian Go and George Lawson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

“The Politics of Gender in the ANC: Reflecting Back on Twenty Years.” In Twenty Years of South African Democracy, edited by Thembela Kempe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“Remembering Bernard Magubane: Postcolonial Activist and Scholar.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies.


“Science, Reform, and the ‘science of reform’: Booker T. Washington, Robert Park, and the making of a ‘science of society’.” Current Sociology 62(4): 568-583.

“Spectacles and Scholarships: Caster Semenya, Intersex Studies, and the Problem of Race in Feminist Theory” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39 (3): 761-786.

“Common Skies and Divided Horizons? Sociology, Race, and Postcolonial Studies.” Political Power and Social Theory (24): 81-116.

“Saviors and Survivors: Western Passivity, African Resistance, and the Politics of Genocide in Hotel Rwanda.” In Genocide on Film, edited by John Michalczyk (New York: Peter Lang, 2013): 220-224.


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