Jonny Steinberg

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Senior Lecturer


Jonny Steinberg is currently working on a biography of the late nineteenth-century British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes. His last book, Winnie and Nelson: A Portrait of a Marriage, which was published in 2023, takes in a century of South African history through the prism of the marriage of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Steinberg is the author of seven previous books, most of them about everyday life in South Africa in the period stretching from late apartheid to the present. He was an inaugural winner of Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes and was twice winner of South Africa’s premier nonfiction prize, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.

Steinberg is currently teaching two seminars at Yale, ‘Pandemics in Africa: From the Spanish Influenza to Covid-19,’ and ‘Bureaucracy in Africa’. Until 2020, he was Professor of African Studies at Oxford University and Visiting Professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser) at Wits University in Johannesburg.


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115 Prospect Street, Room 141


  • Ph.D.: Oxford University, 1999
  • M.A.: Wits University, 1995
  • B.A.: Wits University, 1992


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