Emeritus Associate Professor Richard Mendelsohn has taught for many years in the history department of the University of Cape Town. He is a former head of the department and is currently the Deputy Dean for Undergraduate Affairs of the Faculty of Humanities. His research interests lie in South African Jewish history and in ‘film and history’, an area of research he has pioneered in South Africa together with a colleague, Vivian Bickford-Smith. He is the author of Sammy Marks: ‘The Uncrowned King of the Transvaal’, an award-winning biography of the pioneering South African Jewish industrial and mining entrepreneur, and is co-editor, with Milton Shain, of Memories, Realities and Dreams: Aspects of the South African Jewish Experience. His most recent books are Black and White in Colour: African History on Screen (co-edited with Vivian Bickford-Smith) and The Jews in South Africa: An Illustrated History (co-authored with Milton Shain), the first major general history of South African Jewry in fifty years.
(Co-authored with Milton Shain), The Jews in South Africa: An Illustrated History (Johannesburg and Cape Town: Jonathan Ball, 2008)
(Co-edited with Vivian Bickford-Smith), Black and White in Colour: African History on Screen (Cape Town: Double Storey, Oxford: James Currey and Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2007).
(Co-edited with Milton Shain), Memories, Realities and Dreams: Aspects of the South African Jewish Experience (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2002) Sammy Marks. ‘The Uncrowned King of the Transvaal’ (cape Town: David Philip and Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1991)
Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
“The Gilded Cage: Bertha Marks at Zwartkoppies”, in Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (ed.), Dis-Location/ Re-Location. Exploring Alienation and Identity in South Africa (Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing, 2008), pp. 27-39.
(Co-authored with Milton Shain), “Constructing a Usable Past: History, Memory and South African Jewry in an Age of Anxiety”, in David Cesarani, Tony Kushner and Milton Shain (eds.), Zakor v’Makor: Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory (London, Portland OR: Vallentine Mitchell, 2009), pp. 43-52.