Kim Worthington studies the history of Africa from a transnational and global perspective. She is interested in the ramifications of collaboration between authoritarian states, particularly those in Latin America, and apartheid South Africa. She is exploring the instigating role of the Organisation de l'armée secrète in fomenting state-sanctioned violence in Africa and elsewhere, especially instances in which state security agencies violated sovereignty and international law. Kim has a broad interest in socially constructed notions of citizenship, nationality, race and identity, and how these impact on the ways in which people interact with one another, the state and the environment. Her broader scholarly interests include the history of science, the psychosocial aspects of authoritarianism and state control, and approaches to knowledge.
Kim previously collaborated with dynamic South African leaders on projects aimed at recording the struggle against apartheid (for instance, the Memoirs of Ahmed Kathrada, President Nelson Mandela’s Parliamentary Counselor). Her experience includes a range of projects in the Mandela-led South African government where she worked as a speech-writer and Director of the Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.
Kim holds a B.A. and an Honours degree in Psychology from Rhodes University, South Africa, and studied towards an M.Sc. at Bangalore University on a scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India. In 2012, she graduated with an M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut, where she studied on a fellowship from the the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights.