Gary Kynoch


Gary Kynoch

Phone: 902-494-3667
Fax: 902-494-3349
Mailing Address: 
Room 1164, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • South African history
  • Conflict in 20th century Africa
  • Urban African history
  • Crime


  • BA (Queen’s)
  • BEd (Queen’s)
  • MA (Dalhousie)
  • PhD (Dalhousie)


  • Township Violence and the End of Apartheid:  War on the Reef  (James Currey; Wits University Press 2018)
  • We are Fighting the World: The Marashea Gangs in South Africa, 1947-1999 (Ohio University Press; University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2005).

Recent Articles & Essays

  • "Apartheid's Afterlives:  Violence, Policing and the South African State" Journal of Southern African Studies 42, 1 (2016).
  • "Fear and Alienation:  Narratives of Crime and Race in Post-Apartheid South Africa" Canadian Journal of African Studies 47, 3 (2013).
  • "Reassessing Transition Violence:  Voices from South Africa's Township Wars", 1990-94" African Affairs 112, 447 (2013).
  • Co-editor (with Jocelyn Alexander) and introduction for The Hiistories and Legacies of Punishment in Southern Africa, special issue of Journal of Southern African Studies 37, 3 (2011).
  • "Of Compounds and Cellblocks:  The Foundations of Violence in Johannesburg, 1890s-1950s" Journal of Southern African Studies 37, 3 (2011).  

Teaching 2021-2022

  • HIST 2426W - Africa Since 1900:  Disruption and Innovation
  • HIST 2715F - Locked Up:  A Global History of Incarceration
  • HIST 3452W - Apartheid and After:  Racial Rule in South Africa
  • HIST 3471/5471W - Wars and Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Africa
  • HIST 4401/5401F - State Violence, Communal Conflict and Criminality in Modern South Africa   

Winter 2024 Office Hours:

  • On Leave