Steven Rubert

Dr. Steven Rubert


Associate Professor

312 Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-1261
Fax: (541) 737-1257
Email: srubert@oregonstate.edu


African History, Colonial Zimbabwe




  • Steve Rubert studied history and political science as an undergraduate at California State University, Northridge and then received his masters degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1977), and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (1990). He has taught at Oregon State since 1991. He is a member of the African Studies Association and has held an appointment as a Research Associate in the Department of Economic History, University of Zimbabwe, in 2003 and 2005-2007.
  • He is currently working on a study of health care systems in colonial Zimbabwe during the period prior to 1939. The study examines the health care practices of the colony's two principle groups, indigenous Africans and European settlers, as well as their disparate attitudes toward disease and illness, and the sociopolitical and economical conditions which shaped the development of the two health care systems.
  • Dr. Rubert is also very involved in a project to collect academic books to send to the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently working to procure financial support for this project so that books can be sent to Zimbabwe.

Select Publications

Historical Dictionary of Zimbabwe,
3rd edition
(Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001)

Co-editor with R. Kent Rasmussen

Historical Dictionary of Zimbabwe
 A Most Promising Weed A Most Promising Weed:
A History of Tobacco Farming and Labor
in Colonial Zimbabwe
, 1890-1945

(Ohio University Press, 1998).


  • "The Zimbabwean Revolution," in James V. DeFranzo, ed., Revolutionary Movements in World History, from 1750 to the Present (2006).
  • "Tobacco Farmers and Wage Laborers in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1904-1945," in Alan Jeeves and Jonathan Crush, eds., White Farms, Black Labor: The State and Agrarian Change in Southern Africa, 1910-1950