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Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi

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Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi (born 1946) is an American educator and social historian, founder and CEO of the History Lesson Project.[1]


Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi gained a BA from Spelman College and MA degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.[2] She gained her PhD in history in the subject area of African Studies from Northwestern University in 1985,[1] with a thesis on unemployment in early-twentieth-century Northern Rhodesia.[3]

Mvusi was an adjunct professor at Spelman College[4] and also taught at Drake University, where she cofounded the women’s studies program.[1] In 1997, while she was at Jackson State University, she cofounded the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, named after the eponymous American civil rights activist. The Institute conducted seminars and workshops for K–12 teachers and students, highlighting the role of the Civil Rights Movement in promoting citizenship and democracy in the United States. In particular, it provided teaching resources and seminar series that pointed out the importance of active citizens in the expansion of American democracy. These people were from among nineteenth century property-less working class men, women and African Americans following emancipation rather than those in power who are the subjects of the traditional school history curriculum. This aimed to counter the traditional story of American history and also show the importance of migration, segregation and the 1960s civil rights movement when trying to understand modern America.[5]

From 1999 to 2001 Mvusi was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Swaziland in Swaziland where she undertook research into aspects of gender, race and class in the region as well as lecturing.[1][4]


  • Michelle D. Deardorff, Thandekile R. M. Mvusi, Leslie Burl McLemore and Jeffrey Kolnick (2005) The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy: Engaging a Curriculum and Pedagogy. The History Teacher vol. 38, pp. 441-453
  • Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi (2000) The Poverty of Femaleness and Blackness in Swaziland in Perspectives on Poverty in Swaziland: Historical and Contemporary Forms at National Workshop of Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa held at University of Swaziland. 7 - 8 December 2000.[6]
  • The African Diaspora and the World (1998)
  • Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi (1994) The 'politics of trypanosomiasis' revisited: labour mobilization and labour migration in colonial Zambia: the Robert Williams Company in Lubemba, 1901-1911, Transafrican Journal of History, vol. 23, pp. 43-68
  • Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi (1993) Review of An African Victorian Feminist: The Life and Times of Adelaide Smith Casely Hayford, 1868-1960 by Adelaide M. Cromwell, in African Studies Review, vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 140-144.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Florence Mugambi, Blazing a trail: Women Africanist PhDs, Northwestern Program of African Studies News and Events, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Spring 2020).
  2. Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute: Senior Fellows
  3. Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi, The creation of unemployment in Northern Rhodesia, 1899-1936, PhD thesis, Northwestern University, 1984.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Directory of US Fulbright Scholars. United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 2000–2001. p. 48.CS1 maint: Date format (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. Deardorff, Michelle D.; Kolnick, Jeffrey; Mvusi, Thandekile R. M.; McLemore, Leslie Burl (August 2005). "The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy: Engaging a Curriculum and Pedagogy". History Teacher. 38 (4): 441–453. doi:10.2307/30036714. JSTOR 30036714.
  6. Kanduza, Ackson M; DuPont-Mkhonza, Sarah (2003). Poverty in Swaziland: historical and contemporary forms. OSSREA Swaziland Chapter. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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