SOAS University of London

Professor Colin Bundy

Professor Colin Bundy

It is the custom of SOAS to appoint its former directors to an Honorary Fellowship. To do so is in part a way of celebrating the continuing success and vitality of the School through successive generations.

Professor Colin Bundy was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2007. He is currently Warden of Green College, Oxford University, prior to which he was Director and Principal at SOAS from 2001-2006. Before this Professor Bundy was Vice-Rector, University of the Western Cape, and Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. From 2004-2006 Professor Bundy also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London.

Professor Bundy first studied in South Africa, before becoming a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received a MPhil and Dphil in history. An academic in the UK until the mid 1980s, he returned to South Africa and held chairs in history at the universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape. He regularly writes on South African history and politics and is the author of The Rise and Fall of a South African Peasantry and Remaking the Past: New Perspectives in South African History and co-author of Hidden Struggles in Rural South Africa.

Professor Bundy holds a long-term interest in oral history and is a past secretary of the British Oral History society. His public roles have included membership of the Council of the Robben Island Museum, the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, and the International Strategy Group of Universities UK; he chaired the South African UNESCO national commission on education, arts and culture.