University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Professor John Higginson’s most recent book, Collective Violence and the Agrarian Origins of South African Apartheid, 1900-1948, was published by Cambridge University Press in November of 2014. He has published numerous articles on southern and South Africa in journals including African Economic History, International Journal of African Historical Studies, the Revue canadienne des études africaines, the Journal of Social History, Social Identities, and Belgian Historical Journal, Brood En Rozen, and his “Shaping the Mirror of Sovereignty: the Quest for a Democratic society in the American South and South Africa, 1844-1902” appeared in M.N. Matselela’s South Africa and the United States: The Protracted Encounter (New York: Verso Press, 1997). A monograph entitled A Working Class in the Making: The Union Miniere du Haut-Katanga and the African Mineworkers, 1907-1949, was published by University of Wisconsin Press in 1989. In 1993-94, he was the recipient of the Research and Writing Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. At present he is working on a book entitled The Hidden Cost of Industrialization: State Violence and the Economic Transformation of Southern Africa, 1900-1980.