Rebecca Swartz

Dr Rebecca Swartz is an African Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, based at the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to taking up this role she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Unbundling Higher Education Project, based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She continues to be involved with the project, providing insights around findings and writing outputs. Previous research has focused on comparative histories of education in the nineteenth century British Empire. Her background is in history, with a specific focus on histories of education. 

Recent publications

Rebecca Swartz, Education and Empire: Children, Race and Humanitarianism in the British Settler Colonies, 1833-1880. (2019). Palgrave Macmillan.

Rebecca Swartz, ‘“Good citizens and gentlemen”: Gender, reputation and identity at the South African College, 1880-1910’, South African Historical Journal 68(4) (2016), 517-535.

Rebecca Swartz and Johan Wassermann, ‘“Britishness”, colonial governance and education: St Helenian children in colonial Natal in the 1870s’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 44(6) (2016), 881-899.

Peter Kallaway and Rebecca Swartz (eds.) Empire and Education in Africa: The Shaping of a Comparative Perspective (New York: Peter Lang, 2016).