Benedito Machava is a historian of colonial and post-colonial Africa. Raised and educated in Mozambique, he received his PhD at Michigan University in 2018. His research focuses on liberation struggles, decolonization, nation building, socialism and socialist experiments in Africa. His current book manuscript, The Morality of Revolution: Reeducation Camps and the Carceral Regime in Socialist Mozambique, 1974-1990, examines the politics of public morality, carcerality/punishment and citizenship in post-independence Mozambique. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Before coming to Yale, Machava was a Cotsen-Link Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University (2018-2020) and a History Lecturer at University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.

Courses Taught

HIST 344 / AFST 344: African Independence: A Cup of Plenty or a Poisoned Chalice? (Fall)
HIST 836 / AFST 836: Histories of Postcolonial Africa: Themes, Genres, and the Phantoms of the Archive (Fall)