About Heather Hughes

I was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended Wits University. I continued my postgraduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies before taking up a post in the Department of African Studies at the University of Natal (now known as the University of KwaZulu-Natal). It was really only with the ending of apartheid in the early 1990s that I found time away from anti-apartheid work to complete a PhD at the University of London, as an external student. A historian by training, my research interests have been quite varied, though are ultimately tied together around the themes of nationalism, ethnicity and other senses of belonging, and how these have been affected by increasing degrees of mobility. Most recently I have begun to explore these through the medium of biography. I have worked at the University of Lincoln since 2001.