Clapperton C. Mavhunga

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is an associate professor of science, technology, and society at MIT. He is the first graduate of the University of Michigan’s Science, Technology and Society (STS) program and one of only a few African scholars trained in, and publishing at the intersection of African history and STS.

He has published many articles and book chapters, including “Vermin Beings.” He is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of everyday innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), and has just finished his second book, tentatively entitled “What Does Science Mean from Africa? A view from Dzimbahwe,” and an edited volume entitled "What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa?," both of which are under review with MIT Press. His next two book projects focus on Chimurenga, Zimbabwe’s war of independence, as a laboratory in which the colonial state and the oppressed were agents in the convergence and blending of indigenous and incoming sciences, technologies, and innovations.