About

I am currently a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University. I earned my Ph.D. in Communication and Culture, with a minor in African Studies, from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2018. I earned my B.A., with highest distinction, in Communication and Political Science from Wesleyan College in 2009.

I am an interdisciplinary scholar of race, rhetoric, and gender. My research examines the politics and promise of decolonization in Africa, an interest I developed growing up in the early years of the then new nation of Zimbabwe. I approach this topic by following the figure of “the prostitute” in public discourse. I argue that she is the figure that anchors public debates about how to reinvent race, urban space, and citizenship in Zimbabwe. She reveals the challenges–and the promise–of eclipsing the colonial order. My work is grounded in archival and ethnographic research and has been funded by the Social Science Research Council. In 2019, I received the American Society for the History of Rhetoric’s Dissertation Prize.

I am presently working on a manuscript titled, A Nation of Prostitutes: Profiling, Sex Work, and the Making of Urban Space in Zimbabwe.

You can contact me at rrmudiwa@gmail.com