Kim Worthington is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Department of History. Her dissertation examines historical claims, contestation, and memory in the production of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, and in the construction of Mandela in popular consciousness. She assesses the ways that Mandela was ‘written’ into history and himself scripted the opening narrative of a democratic South Africa and its twentieth century background. By shedding light on the concretization of Mandela as the icon of the liberation struggle and architect of the transformation of South Africa, Kim’s research aims to show lacunae in South Africa’s historiography and emphasizes nuance in our understanding of public figures. Kim completed an MA as the UNESCO Fellow at the University of Connecticut in 2013. She holds a BA and an Honours degree from Rhodes University, South Africa.