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Dr. Lorna L. Zukas

Dr. Lorna L. Zukas
National University
(858) 642-8461

Professor Lorna Lueker Zukas serves as Director for the BA Global Studies Program and teaches courses in Sociology, Global and African Studies. Prof. Zukas’ interest in global connections started during her undergraduate year abroad in Uppsala, Sweden where she studied immigration problems and assimilation possibilities for diaspora populations. While earning a Master’s Degree Prof. Zukas traveled to Africa to participate in the 1985 United Nations Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This experience changed her life. Both inside the UN Conference and at the parallel non-governmental organizations (NGOs) forum, she participated in discussions with Zimbabwe’s First Lady Sally Mugabe, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, and Angela Davis fueling a passion for global feminism and Africa. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego where, after completing fieldwork in Zimbabwe, she wrote a dissertation on “The Challenge to Independence: Women, War, and Social Change in Zimbabwe.”

Prof. Zukas joined the full-time faculty at National University in 1999. She served as a Gender and Development Consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (2001-2003) working for the Regional Economic Development Services Office for East and Southern Africa. In 2015 she was an invited professor at Hebei Normal University for Nationalities in Chengde, China.

Professor Zukas’ current research focuses on gender and political transformations in Southern Africa, globalization, transnational feminist networks, gender and development, and digital culture. She serves on numerous Editorial Boards including H-Africa and Bershire Publishing “This World of Ours” series. She is a founding member of the (reestablished) California World History Association and currently serves as Secretary. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the African and African American Studies Research Center at the University of California San Diego.

Professor Zukas is a National University Presidential Scholar (2013-2015, 2011, 2009, 2006-2007, 2003-2004), winner of the Dr. Jerry C. Lee Outstanding Service Award (2012), and National University’s President’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2011). She is also the recipient of the Teshome H. Gabriel Distinguished Africanist Award, African and African American Studies Center, University of California, San Diego (2012), and the Outstanding Community Service Award, African and African-American Studies Research Center, University of California, San Diego (2015).

Consultancy Reports

(With Rae Blumberg and Miriam Gachago). Engendering Development in East Africa: Regional Gender Impact Assessment for USAID/REDSO/ESA Synthesis Report, Nairobi and Washington, D.C. USAID and Development Associates, 2003; USAID Center for Development Information and Evaluation. Four separate country reports for REDSO, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda also published by USAID.

Selected Book Chapters and Journal Articles

“Zimbabwe: A Case Study in Bipolar Development.” Development in Crisis: Threats to Human Well Being in the Global South and the Global North. Rae Lesser Blumberg and Samuel Cohn, eds. New York: Routledge, 2015, (pp. 155-172).

“The Interface between Colonialization and Globalization: The Rise of Socialism in Africa, 1900-1949.” Colonial and Global Interfacings: Imperial Hegemonies and Democratizing Resistances. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, eds. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, PP. 205-223.

“From Storytelling to Tether-Free Technology: Revealing Communicative Presence in Africa.” Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies. Vol. 23, No. 3&4, September –December 2004.

“Human Does Not Equal Male and Biology is Not Destiny: Women and the Struggle for Human Rights in Zimbabwe.” Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies. Vol. 19, NO. 2&3, June-September 2000.

“Women’s Struggle for Liberation and Human Rights in Zimbabwe.” INSTRAW News: Women and Development. No. 28, New York: United Nations, INSTRAW, 1998.

Selected Encyclopedia Articles

“Women and National Liberation Movements.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of War. Paul Joseph and Mark Golson, Editors. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2015, (Forthcoming).

"Global Burden of Disease." Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. Linwood H. Cousins and Geoffrey J Golson, Editors. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2014, (pp. 589-591).

“Hutu.” Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures and Contemporary Issues. Steven L. Danver, ed. Mesa Verde Publishing/M.E. Sharpe, 2012, (pp. 3-4).

“Nyandoro, George” (pp. 1694-1696), “Nyanjiru, Mary Muthoni” (pp. 518-519), “Samkange, Stanlanke (pp. 257-259), and “Todd, Judith” (pp. 36-37) in the Dictionary of African Biography. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Emmanuel Akyeampong eds., New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Zimbabwe.” Encyclopedia of Social Networks. George Barnett, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2011.

“Great Zimbabwe” (pp. 346-348), “Great Zimbabwe as an Economic Center” (pp. 491-492), and “Great Zimbabwe and the Environment” (pp. 978-980), in World History Encyclopedia, Era 5: Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000-1500. Edited by Alfred J. Andrea. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“Class and Gender: Women’s Roles in Developing Nations” (pp. 71-74), “Pan-Africanism” (pp. 131-133), “Socialism in Africa” (pp. 306-308), “African Political Transformations in Eastern Africa” (pp. 381-384), and “African Political Transformation in Southern Africa” (pp. 378-380) in the World History Encyclopedia, Era 8: Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945. Edited by H. Michael Tarver. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“Women’s Movement in Southern Africa” (pp. 3601-3606), “Women’s War 1929” (pp. 3634-3635), and “Postcolonial Feminism and Protest from the Global South” (pp. 2733-2735) in International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Immanuel Ness, ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009.

“Rubber Overview” and “Rubber in Africa” in Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Peter N. Stearns, ed. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008.

“G-7 Countries.” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Vol. 3, 2nd ed. William A. Darity, Ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, (pp. 243-244).

“USAID.” Global Perspectives on the United States: Issues and Ideas Shaping International Relations. Karen Christensen and David Levinson, Eds. Vol. 3. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2007, (pp. 368-371).

“Anti-Apartheid Movement, South Africa” (pp. 113-117), “Mandela, Winnie” (pp.894-896), “Achebe, Chinua” (p. 14), and “International Campaign to Ban Land Mines” (pp. 752-753) in the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Gary L. Anderson and Kathryn G. Herr, eds. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2007.

“Segregation.” Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450. Thomas Benjamin, et al., eds. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, (pp.1001-1002).

“Rubber.” Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450. Thomas Benjamin, et al., eds. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, (pp. 986-988).

“G-8 Summit.” Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004. John Merriman and Jay Winter, eds. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006, (pp. 1180-1182).

“African Development Foundation” (pp. 11-12), “GA8 Africa Action Plan” (pp. 411-412), “World Bank Poverty Lines” (pp. 1185-1186), and “World Food Program” (1189-1192) in the Encyclopedia of World Poverty. Mehmet Odekon, ed. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2006.

“Senghor, Leopold” (pp. 1685-1686), and “Shaka Zulu” (pp. 1694-1696) in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History. William H. McNeill, Jerry H. Bentley, David Christian, et al. eds. Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire Publishing Group. January 2005.

Selected Book and Film Reviews

“Surrounded by Garbage.” Review of Beijing Besieged By Waste, directed by Jiuliang Wang. Environment, Space, Place V.5, No. 2, Fall 2013.

Review of Women and Political Violence: Female Combatants in Ethno-National Conflict by Miranda H. Alison, The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms 18:3, June 2013.

Review of Ivan Bargna, translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia. Africa: Dictionaries of Civilization, The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms 17:2, April 2012.

Grants and Funding

Poets & Writer’s. (2014). “Oil Rich Oil Poor.”

Automobile Club of Southern California. (2008). “Mapping a Nation in Motion: A Brief History of American Travel Cartography.”

California Council for the Humanities. (2006). Sailor’s Tales: Stories of San Diego’s Navy community and the Naval Training Center.

Poets & Writers. (2004). “A Faculty Writing Workshop.”

San Diego Public Library Funding. (2003) “Contemporary Black Women’s Lives.

California Council for the Humanities. (2001). “The Third Annual Gender Forum: Transitional Gender Studies the Evolution of Male Roles in Society.

California Council for the Humanities. (2001). “Cultural Diversity in Southern California.”

California Council for the Humanities. (2000). “The Battle for Memory: The History of Latino Communities in Southern California.”

California Council for the Humanities. (1999). “The 1st Annual Hibernian Cultural Festival: Beyond Riverdance.”

California Council for the Humanities (1999). “The 4th Annual Asian Forum: South Asian Cultural festival.”

California Council for the Humanities. (1998) “Community Arts Outreach Series.”

California Council for the Humanities. (1998). “Asian and African Immigrant Community Film Forum Series: Visions of Difference.”


Ph.D. Sociology
University of California, San Diego