Lecturer in Modern History, Keele University

Rachel specialises in modern British imperial South African history, especially relating to migration and identity. Her first book explored why Chinese indentured labour was imported into South Africa at the height of ‘yellow’ and ‘black’ perils within settler societies.

Her research continues to explore migration, settler colonialism and nationhood. She is currently researching the creating of a migration system within South Africa, and how this connects to modern global systems of migration control.

Rachel is one of the organisers for the Social History Society’s next annual conference, which will be hosted by Keele University in June 2018.

Key Publications