Linda Freeman

Linda Freeman specializes in African political economy, particularly southern Africa. Her current research interests are focused on post-apartheid South Africa’s regional foreign policy and especially its response to the crisis in Zimbabwe, the origins and nature of the continuing crisis in Zimbabwe and the politics of land reform in Zimbabwe.  She also retains an interest in the political economy of contemporary South Africa and more general issues of trade, industrial strategies and aid policy in Africa.  She has testified regularly to parliamentary sub-committees, worked on Africa 2000, a consultative committee for the Minister of State for External Affairs, and is a frequent commentator on African affairs for the Canadian media (television, radio and newspapers). In 2001-2002, she conducted research in South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.  During that trip, she gave papers at the University of Cape Town (sponsored by the Centre for African Studies and the Department of Political Science) in October 2001 and at the University of Natal in Durban at the Institute of Economic History and Development Studies in November 2001. She also gave a paper to Queen Elizabeth College, Oxford University on 4 March 2002.  In 2012, she conducted research in South Africa and also gave a paper at Wits University in Johannesburg.  She is the author of The Ambiguous Champion - Canada and South Africa in the Trudeau and Mulroney Years - and has published widely in academic journals, edited volumes and the Canadian press.