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Michael Glover researches in the broad field of animal history. His primary research interests are cattle history, southern African history, colonial history, animal sentience, mind and eudaimonia-based conceptions of agency, and experiential and emotional histories. His PhD thesis was conferred via cotutelle through Leiden University and the University of the Free State in 2021, and was titled 'Cattle and colonialism: an animal-centred history of southern Africa 1652 to 1980s'. He has an Honours in Philosophy (Rhodes), a PGDip in Education Technology (UCT), and an MA in Economic History (UCT). He has worked in learning design on international award-winning online courses. He has published internationally in open education and open pedagogies, animal history, and philosophy. Glover is a lifetime Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and a member of the Australasian Animal Studies Association.


MJ Glover, '"That other me, down and dreaming": An animal-perspective critique of decoloniality theory', Social Dynamics: a Journal of African Studies (accepted, forthcoming 2023).

MJ Glover, “A Cattle-centred History of Southern Africa?” in Nature Conservation in Southern Africa Morality and Marginality: Towards Sentient Conservation  (eds.) Harry Wels, Marja Spierenberg, and Jan-Bart Gewald. Leiden: Brill (2018).

MJ Glover, “Animals off the menu: a racist proposal?” in Animals, Race, and Multiculturalism (eds.) Luis Cordeiro-Rodrigues and Les Mitchell. Palgrave Macmillan (2017).

MJ Glover, Book review: Africa and her Animals: Philosophical and Practical PerspectivesRainer Ebert and Anteneh Roba (editors), UNISA Press, Pretoria, 2018 

L Czerniewicz, A Deacon, MJ Glover, S Walji, “OER in and as MOOCs” in Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South (eds.) C Hodgkinson-Williams and P Arinto ROER4D press (2017)

L Czerniewicz, A Deacon, MJ Glover, S Walji, “MOOC-making and Open Educational Practices” Journal of Computing in Higher Education. 29, 1 (2017): 81-97.

MJ Glover, “Google Forms as a discussion stimulant in postgraduate seminars? An Activity Theory perspective” South African Journal of Higher Education, 34, 1, 2020, 99-115.

MJ Glover, Money, D, "‘Not Wholly Justified’: The Deferred Pay Interest Fund and Migrant Labour in South Africa’s Gold Mining Industry, c.1970-1990", Journal of Southern African Studies 47, 4, 2021.

E Galgut and MJ Glover, "Manufacturing dissent: the racialization of opposition to animal advocacy", Ethnicities, 21, 4, 2021, 805–816.

Awards/ fellowships   
  • African Studies Centre Leiden Visiting Fellow, August to November, 2023
  • Zuid-Afrikahuis, Foundation Study Fund for South African Students, 2021.
  • Oppenheimer Memorial Trust International PhD scholarship, 2018-2020
  • University of the Free State, Merit Award bursary, research degree tuition award, 2018-2020
  • International Studies Group, UFS, PhD studentship 2018-2021.
  • Lifetime Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, 2018
  • Carnegie PGDip scholarship, 2017
  • Mandela Rhodes scholarship, 2013-2015
  • National Research Foundation, Honours scholarship 2012
  • Rhodes University Prestigious scholarship, 2012
  • Royal Society of St George Prize (First in English), 2012
  • Dr Kendall Scholarship, 2012
  • Rhodes University honours degree scholarship, 2012
  • Rhodes Investec Top 100 (General Excellence), 2011
  • Rhodes Investec Top 100 (Academic Excellence), 2011 
Public engagement

Co-founder and co-organiser of the Cape Town Animal Conference


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