Mishka Wazar

Graduate Student

Mishka's research focuses on the history of psychiatry in colonial and apartheid South Africa. She is also interested in the history of psychology, colonial medicine, and disability studies. She completed her undergraduate degree at Rhodes University in South Africa, and her master's degree at New York University, where she researched the intellectual history of colonial psychiatry in the Cape Colony. She has worked as a journalist, academic research assistant, book editor, and is a British Council Future News Worldwide alumna and a graduate of the Fort Hare Autumn Political School. Mishka is also a recipient of the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship and the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, and she currently works as a GradFutures Social Impact Fellow with the American Historical Association. Originally intending to work in journalism,  she became disillusioned with the violence of the everyday and found solace in studying the past to make sense of the world. Her hobbies include reading fiction, volunteering with local TNR animal organisations, and baking. Mishka would be happy to speak with prospective students interested in the history of medicine, psychiatry or African history.

Year of Study
Second Year
Area of Interest
Colonialism & Post Colonialism
Disability History
Intellectual History
Medicine & Health
Mind Sciences
Home Department & Other Affiliations
19th Century
20th Century
Sub-Saharan Africa