Willingness to take PhD students
Keith Shear works on policing, state formation and politics in early twentieth-century South Africa. He is interested in the relationships between political monitoring, bureaucratisation and developments in the legal system during that period - issues that speak to very current concerns about the surveillance, political repression and ousting or limiting of judicial oversight that governments today practise in the name of public safety and countering terrorism.
In the past few years Dr Shear has supervised to completion MPhil and PhD students working on modern Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the Gambia and South Africa. Currently he is supervising a student working on gender and racism in relation to social work practices with asylum seekers in South London.