Rachel Sandwell is a historian of southern Africa, whose work focuses on gender, race, and the politics of resistance in South Africa. She received her PhD from McGill University in 2015. She is currently a Fonds québécois de recherche - société et culture (FQRSC)-funded post-doctoral scholar at WiSER (on maternity leave March-September 2015).
At WiSER, she will be working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, entitled Building a State in Exile: Women in the African National Congress, 1960-1990. This research explores the gendered history of the ANC during its exile years. She will also begin a new research project, “Black Lawyers Under Apartheid: Professionalization, Accommodation, and Resistance,” which investigates the history of black legal professionals in South Africa between 1948 and 1994.
Her publications include most recently “‘Love I Cannot Begin to Explain’: The Politics of Reproduction in the ANC in Exile, 1976–1990,” Journal of Southern African Studies, 2015.