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Prof. Maitseo M.M. Bolaane

Maitseo M.M. Bolaane

Faculty of Humanities


Associate Professor

Location: 239/ 229
Phone: +267 3555050 & 3555051
Email Prof. Maitseo M.M. Bolaane

Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil), University of Oxford

MA in History, University of London (S.O.A.S)

BEd. Humanities


Maitseo M.M. Bolaane, graduated with Doctor of Philosophy D. Phil) from the University of Oxford. She is an Associate Professor, and Head of Department, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Botswana, teaching various courses in African environmental history (including “Africa and its Past in Film”, “Public Health History & “China, Globalization & Changing Power Relations” She has been involved with the University of Botswana – University of Tromsø Collaborative Programme for San Research and Capacity Building for some time.  She is now Director of the San Research Centre at the University of Botswana.  Among her key publications is a book examining the impact of wildlife conservation policy on San communities: Chiefs, Hunters and San in the creation of the Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta: Multiracial interactions and Initiatives, 1956-1979 (2013), a co-edited book on Parallel Issues and Mutual Challenges for San and Sami People in Research (2015), a co-authored book titled Botswana  (1997). She is one of the editors of a newly released book Botswana Women Write (2019). In addition she has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, conference proceedings, encyclopedia articles and reviewed several journal articles and book chapters. She serves in various University structures including the Institutional Review Board (IRB). She also sits in the Advisory Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies.

Ecology & Empire, Conservation & Politics in Africa

Slave Trade & Colonial Conquest in East Africa

Social History & Women Histories, 

China, Globalization & Changing Power Relations

China & Africa Relations

Biographies, Botswana

Public Health History

Botswana Medical History

Chinese ‘Soft Power’ & Botswana’s Higher Education

Women shaping narratives within 'fire churches' in Botswana

San Cross-Border Cultural Heritage and Identity in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Borderline Innovation, marginalized communities: universities and inclusive development in ecologically fragile locations

Historiography of Lake Ngami Landscape & its Ecosystem Services in the Lower Okavango Delta

Research on, with, and by indigenous peoples- Reflections on research Ethics


  1. J. Nyirenda 2019- 2022,”Regional Identity: The Role of Ngoni Culture and Presbyterian Christianity in Northern Malawi since 1855, PhD, History Department, UB
  2. E. Mugari, 2015 - 2020. “Dynamics of ecosystem service provision in semi-arid areas: A case of Bobirwa sub-district in the Limpopo Basin of Botswana”, PhD,Biological Sciences, UB.
  3. S.Chabikwa, 2014 – 2019. “Archiving National Manuscripts from Minority Communities in Zimbabwe”, PhD Thesis, Library & Information Services, UB.


1. 2019 Bolaane, Maitseo M. M., Lederer, Mary S., Molema, Leloba S., and Rapoo, Connie. (eds) Botswana Women Write. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. ISBN 978 1 86914 427 2.

2. 2015. Skold, Peter, Sanderstrom, Moa and Bolaane, Maitseo, (eds), Under the Same Sun! Parallel Issues and Mutual Challenges for San and Sami People in Research. Vaartoe/ Centre for Sami Research (CeSam), Umeå University200 pp. ISBN: 978-91-7601-137-9; ISSN 1651-5455

3.2013. Bolaane, Maitseo. Chiefs, Hunters, and San in the Creation of the Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta: Multiethnic Interactions and Initiatives, 1956-79, Senri Ethnological Studies (Osaka). No.  83. ISBN 978-4-906962-08-2 Single authored. The book has continued to receive high points through ResearchGate. It received positive review: by Robert K. Hitchcock, in Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 70, 2014.

3. 1997. Bolaane, M.M.M. and P. T. Mgadla. Botswana. New York. Rosen Publishing Group

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