Andrew MacDonald followed a winding path as a student and teacher in South Africa and parts of Asia before completing a PhD at St John’s College, Cambridge. During this time he developed an interest the origins of migration-controls in the Indian Ocean and how travelers of myriad sorts subverted them.
He has worked on case studies of Chinese, Indian, Assyrian, Madeiran and east African migrants, presenting to audiences in Oxford, Hyderabad, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. He is currently mining the archives for a project entitled Forgers, Fraudsters and Borders: A History of Creative Citizenship on South Africa’s Indian Ocean Frontier, 1900-1940 and is interested in developing a social history of inter-war Lourenço Marques and Beira.
In his spare time, Andrew writes occasional newspaper features and reviews, and is a collector of books and old photographs.
Selected Publications (click on titles for links)
- “The Beggar Chiefs of St. Zaia Nestorian ‘Great Deceivers’ in South Africa and the Benevolent Empire, c. 1860s-1940s” (In Progress)
- “Bars, Barmaids and southern Africa’s Indian Ocean World, 1860s-1960s” (In Progress)
- “New Directions in South African Migration History” (forthcoming in South African Historical Journal)
- “South Africa’s National Archives“, in Financial Mail, 15 February 2013
- “The Cambridge History of South Africa” (Review), in Mail and Guardian, 16 Novermber 2012
- “The Identity Thieves of the Indian Ocean: Forgery, Fraud and the Origins of South African Immigration Control, 1890s-1920s” in K. Breckenridge and S. Szreter, eds. Recognition and Registration: Documenting the Person in World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 390-428.
- “In a Littoral Sense: Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies” in Mail and Guardian, 26 November 2008
- “The View Across the Ocean: Indian Ocean Worlds and the Question of Power over the Long 19th Century” in Journal of Natal and Zulu History 26 (2008), pp. 110-131.
- “‘In the Pink of Health or the Yellow of Condition’? Chinese Workers, Colonial Medicine and the Journey to South Africa, 1904-7” in Journal of Chinese Overseas 4, 1 (2008), pp.23-50 –