Bryson is a postdoctoral fellow with interest in agriculture and environmental history focusing on state-peasant relations in food production in the face of ecological, economic and political changes in colonial and post-colonial Malawi. He has also been conducting studies on international relations topics such as labour and forced migration as well as Malawi-China-South Africa diplomatic relations to the late 1990s. He obtained his PhD in Africa Studies in 2018 at the University of the Free State. His PhD Thesis is titled: Peasants, Ecology and the State: Food Security in the Lake Chilwa Basin of Southern Malawi, 1891-1994. Before the PhD, Bryson obtained a Bachelor of Education (Humanities) and a Masters in African Social History from the University of Malawi in 1995 and 2005, respectively. His bachelor’s thesis was titled: Competition for Malawian Labour: Wenela and Mthandizi in Ntcheu District, Central Malawi, 1936-1956; and his master’s thesis was on: The State and Irrigation Farming in Malawi, 1946-2002. Currently, Bryson is revising his PhD thesis into a book.



Nkhoma, Bryson. “ ‘The Native is the Producer of the Future’: Improving Peasant Production in Southern Malawi, 1959-1939.” Journal of Southern African Studies, 46 (2), (2020):283-299.

Nkhoma, Bryson G. “Walking in the Footprints of the Colonial Masters: Agricultural Development and Peasant Food Production in Malawi, 1961-1994.” Southern Journal for Contemporary History, 44 (2), (2019):114-134

Nkhoma, Bryson G. “Ecological Change, Agricultural Production and Food Production in Malawi: A Historiographical Review.” Strategic Review for Southern Africa, 41 (2), (2019): 99-113.

Nkhoma, Bryson G and Kayira, Gift, “Gender and Power Contestations over Water Use in Irrigation Schemes: Lessons from the Lake Chilwa Basin,” Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 92 (2016): 79-84.

Nkhoma, Bryson G. “Competition for Malawian Labour: ‘Wenela’ and ‘Mthandizi’ in Ntcheu District, 1935-1959,” Malawi Journal of Social Sciences, 21 (2013):28- 46.

Nkhoma, Bryson G. “Transnational Threats: The Problem of Illegal Immigration in Northern Malawi,” Southern African Peace and Security Studies, 1(2), (2012): 29-43.

Nkhoma, Bryson. “Irrigation Development and Its Socio-economic Impact on the Rural Communities in Malawi.” Development Southern Africa, 28 (2), (2011): 209-223.

Nkhoma, Bryson G. “Towards an African Historical Thought: Cheikh Anta Diop’s Contribution.” Journal of Humanities, 20, (2006):107-123

Book chapter

Nkhoma, Bryson G. “The Politics of the 1959 State of Emergency Commemorations in Malawi, 1960 – 2009” in J. McCracken, Phiri, K.M and Mulwafu, W.O., (eds.), Malawi in Crisis: The 1959 Nyasaland (Malawi) State of Emergency and its Legacy (Zomba: Kachere Series, 2012): 379-395.


Emerging Scholars and New Research in Southern Africa Early Career Writing JSAS/CSR Zomba Workshop, 16-20 July 2018

Uganda International Field school on “Water Governance and Interdisciplinary Research Techniques in Post-Conflict Areas”, Makerere University and Goru University, Gutenburg Universitas of Germany, 4-18 October 2015

Early Career Workshop at the British Institute Eastern Africa, Nairobi jointly organised between the BIEA, British Academy and the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK), 20-21 September 2013

East African School on Refugee and Humanitarian Affairs (EASRHA), Centre for the Study of Forced Migration (CSFM), University of Dar Es Salaam, 11 – 22 August 2008

CODESRIA Small Thesis Grant, October 2003

ESAURP Graduate Scholarship Scheme, Centre for Social Research (CSR), University of Malawi, December 2003

BASIS/WARFSA Research Assistantship/Fellowship, History Department, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, April 2001 – April 2004

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