Leo Zeilig is a writer and researcher. He has written extensively on African politics and history, including books on working-class struggle and the development of revolutionary movements and biographies on some of Africa’s most important political thinkers and activists. Leo is an editor of the Review of African Political Economy—the radical African-studies journal founded by activists and scholars in 1974—a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. Leo’s critically acclaimed novel Eddie the Kid was published by Zero Books in 2013. It was praised in The Guardian: ‘This passionate, sad and well-told book offers a compelling portrait of a flawed young radical.’ Eddie the Kid won the 2014 Creative Work prize at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. In 2017 Leo’s second novel, An Ounce of Practice, was published by Hoperoad. Praised in The Conversation as ‘a brilliant work of literary imagination that takes the reader to new realities in an engaging, moving read, hilariously humorous at times.’ Leo is writing his third novel.
Leo is an editor of the Review of African Political Economy and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. He has written in a number of academic domains, including sociology, political science, political economy, geography and history. Here are a few of the academic articles, chapters and reports he has written in recent years.
Edited collections and reports
Articles and chapters
Writing on roape.net in December 2019, I discuss what a radical website and review on African political economy can do. “ROAPE’s Leo Zeilig looks at a year that has seen two astonishing uprisings in Africa, and protest movements that have rippled across the globe. The first, in Sudan, started in the small city of Atbara […]
In September 2019, for RS21, I wrote an obituary on Robert Mugabe. “The death of Robert Mugabe (1924-2019) is being celebrated by Zimbabweans around the world. The 2008 massacre at the Chiadzwa minefield deserves to stand as a testament to his rule, writes Leo Zeilig. Around the world tens of thousands of Zimbabweans are celebrating the […]
Africa is a Country posted an article based on some research on Walter Rodney that I have been doing. “Rediscovered lectures Walter Rodney gave in 1978 in Hamburg shows a reflective intellectual, thinking critically about postcolonial African governance. Between April and June of 1978, Walter Rodney, then already an important intellectual for his book, How Europe […]
For the Review of African Political Economy, Colin Stoneman praises An Ounce of Practice, which he commends as a story of ‘British socialists wishing to fight the impact of neo-colonialism and neoliberal economics on Africa.’ The review can be read in full here. Why does anyone write a novel? Why does a political person write a novel? Why does […]