Dr Emily Bridger

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College: College of Humanities

I recently completed my PhD in History at the University of Exeter. My doctoral research explores the involvement of female students and youth in the anti-apartheid struggle from 1979 to 1994. This research was funded by a College of Humanities International Doctoral Scholarship and by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

My wider research interests include law and social order in Southern Africa; women's participation in anti-colonial movements and uprisings; violence, crime and policing in South Africa; and the history of healthcare in Southern Africa.  

Originally from Canada, I earned my BA in History and International Development at Dalhousie University in 2011, completing an honours dissertation on representations of the Holocaust in American popular culture. After working for a variety of NGOs in South Africa and a foreign policy think-tank in Toronto, I went on to study for an MSc in African Studies at Trinity College, Oxford (2013), graduating with Distinction. While at Oxford, I specialised in the social history of Southern Africa. My dissertation was supervised by Dr. Jonny Steinberg, and titled,  "Winnie Mandela, Militant Motherhood and Female Violence in South Africa's Anti-Apartheid Struggle, 1985-1991."