Colin Bundy

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Colin James Bundy (born 4 October 1944) is a South African historian, former principal[1] of Green Templeton College, Oxford and former director of SOAS University of London.[2] Bundy was an influential member of a generation of historians who substantially revised understanding of South African history. In particular, he wrote on South Africa's rural past from a predominantly Marxist perspective, but also deploying Africanist and underdevelopment theories.[3] Since the mid-1990s, however, Bundy has held a series of posts in university administration. Bundy is also a trustee of the Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust.


He received his secondary education at Graeme College, Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province.

Bundy was educated at the University of Natal (B.A.) and the University of the Witwatersrand (B.A. (Hons)). He was then a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College, Oxford (1968–70) and a Beit Senior Research Scholar at St Antony's (1970–72), graduating as an M.Phil. and D.Phil. of the University of Oxford with a thesis entitled African Peasants and Economic Change in South Africa, 1870–1913, with Particular Reference to the Cape (Thesis). University of Oxford. 1976.


Bundy was director and principal of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2001–06);[4] deputy vice-chancellor of the University of London (2003–06); vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (1997-2001); and director of the Institute for Historical Research (1992–94) and vice-rector (1994-97), University of the Western Cape.

He returned to Oxford as a research fellow at Queen Elizabeth House (1979–80) and in the Department for External Studies (1980–84), subsequently being elected an honorary fellow of Kellogg College. From 2006 until 2008 he was warden of Green College, Oxford, becoming the first principal of Green Templeton College on 1 October 2008, when Green College merged with Templeton College. He retired from this position on 1 October 2010.[5]

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C1149/14) with Colin Bundy in 2010 for its Oral History of Oral History collection held by the British Library.[6]

He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge.[7]


His publications include:


  1. ^ "University of Oxford: Appointments". Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ MacLeod, Donald (21 April 2005). "Soas head resigns after five years". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  3. ^ Colin Bundy (1991). "Marxism in South Africa:Context, Themes and Challenges". Transformation. 16: 56–66.
  4. ^ "SOAS Honorary Fellows". SOAS. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  5. ^ Oxford, University of. "Notices, Oxford University Gazette". Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ National Life Stories, 'Bundy, Colin (1 of 4) National Life Stories Collection: Oral History of Oral History', The British Library Board, 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2017
  7. ^ "St Edmund's College - University of Cambridge". Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Charlton
Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand
1997 — 2001
Succeeded by
New title Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford
2008 — 2010
Succeeded by