School of History


Andrew Cohen received his BA and PhD from the University of Sheffield and his MSt from the University of Oxford. Before joining the University of Kent he worked in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa, where he retains a research fellowship. His research interests focus on the late nineteenth and twentieth century British Empire and the early decades of independence in sub-Saharan African countries. He is particularly interested in the ways in which multinational business navigated the rapidly changing political landscape of late colonial/early post-colonial Africa. He is currently engaged on a three year (2016-2019) British Academy Newton Fund project with Dr Rory Pilossof (UFS) on labour migration and labour relations in southern Africa, 1900-2000.

Andrew would be happy to hear from prospective postgraduate students who wish to explore political or economic aspects of imperialism.

Contact Information


Room E3.E1
Rutherford College
University of Kent

Office Hours By appointment

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Cohen, A. and Pilossof, R. (2017). Big Business and White Insecurities at the End of Empire in Southern Africa, c.1961-1977. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History [Online] 45:777-799. Available at:
Cohen, A. (2017). The Politics and Economics of Decolonization in Africa: The Failed Experiment of the Central African Federation. I. B. Tauris.
Cohen, A. (2017). Review of S. J. Barton, Policy Signals and Market Responses: A 50 Year History of Zambia's Relationship with Foreign Capital (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2016). Business History Review [Online] 91:221-223. Available at:
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Last Updated: 16/11/2018