Dr Christopher Roy Zembe

Job: History Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 207 8786

E: czembe@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Christopher Roy Zembe is a Lecturer in History at De Montfort University. His research interests are, colonial and post-colonial histories and the African diaspora. His published work consists of: a book entitled "Zimbabwean Communities in Britain Imperial and Post-Colonial Identities and Legacies" ; a Chapter entitled "Quest for a Cohesive Diaspora African Community: Reliving Historic Experiences by Black Zimbabweans in Britain"in a book on ‘New Perspectives on Black British History’; and an article in the Journal of Migration History entitled "Migrating with Colonial and Post-Colonial Memories: Dynamics of Racial Interactions within Zimbabwe's Minority Communities in Britain".The journal article was based on a conference paper he presented at the European Social Science History Conference in Vienna on 25th April 2014. Chris has spoken of his research to an audience of academics and members of the public. In October 2017 he presented a paper on impact of memory on Zimbabwean immigrants at ‘New Perspectives on Black British History Conference’ held at Goldsmiths University in London. He also gave a lecture in November 2013 at St. Philips Centre Leicester on the Integration of Culturally diverse Zimbabweans and Somali Communities in Leicester. He submitted a poster for De Montfort University exhibition on Refugees and Migrants held in April 2018.Chris has been involved in organising ‘History Matters’ 2015 Conference aimed at exploring why there are few history students of African or Caribbean heritage in British education institutions.

Research group affiliations

Institute of History

Research interests/expertise

African Diaspora; Black British History; Africa's Colonial and Post Colonial History

Areas of teaching

Colonial and Post-Colonial History; Black British History; History of Migration


  • PhD History
  • Diploma in Education

Courses taught

Making of the Modern World; British India; History in the Workplace;National, Racism and Genocide in Twentieth Century Europe

Honours and awards

Nominated for a Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2014 and 2016.


Chris is involved with 'History Matters' Project . The project explores why there are few history students or academics of African or Caribbean heritage in British universities. He is currently working the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre on the African Caribbean Archiving Project in Leicester. In collaboration with the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, Chris is exploring ways of engaging the local community on how they should come up with ways of presenting their own history.