Dr. Alexander Thomson

My primary research interest is the diplomatic history of US relations with apartheid South Africa. I have published a number of books and journal aricles on this topic, and I am currently working on a project integrating previously overlooked South African archive materials into the literature addressing this issue.

Additionally, i also work with grassroots community groups in Zimbabwe who are seeking to gain a voice in this country's transitional justice programme. In partnership with a local NGO, this project seeks to assess and facilitate understanding of transitional justice processes at the grassroots level, with a view to encouraging participation, and broadening the relevance of transitional justice initiatives in Zimbabwe.

  • Re-assessing US Cold War relations with apartheid South AfricaAccessing and analysing previously overlooked South African archives and integrating the resulting ‘view from Pretoria’ into the existing  (US archive dominated) history of this issue. 
  • Grassroots community participation in Zimbabwean transitional justiceWorking with grassroots community groups in Zimbabwe to facilitate their participation in this country’s transitional justice initiatives.
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021