Ivo Mhike is a historian whose research interests include childhood, youth culture, state and politics in Africa. He has worked closely with the Council for Development and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and was a laureate at the 2013 Child and Youth Institute. His PhD study ‘Deviance and Colonial Power’: A History of Juvenile Delinquency in Zimbabwe, c.1890 – 1960’ accounts for the notion of the ‘juvenile delinquent’ as a prism through which to analyze the constructs of youth behavior, youth policy, and their institutional and administrative links to the state.

The study analyses the meanings of childhood as a social construct which was influenced by factors such as gender, class, race and ethnicity. He has also conducted research into the relationship between state and youths in Zimbabwe during the post-colonial period and the politics of patronage and the crisis years after the year 2000. 

He is currently working on a monograph titled Childhood, Youth and Whiteness in Colonial Zimbabwe, c.1900-1965.


‘Intersections of sexual delinquency and sub-normality: white female juvenile delinquency in Southern Rhodesia, 1930s–c.1950’, Settler Colonial Studies

‘Youth Violence in the Zimbabwe National Youth Service, 2001 -2007’ in Elina Oinas, Henri Onodera, and Leena Suurpää (eds.) What politics? Youth and political engagement in Africa (Brill: Leiden/Boston, 2018)

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