Jocelyn Alexander's research interests lie in the social and political history of southern Africa, particularly rural politics and land reform, liberation struggles and their legacies, and law and punishment. She is currently writing a history of political imprisonment in Zimbabwe and carrying out research on liberation movements in exile.
She has taught at Sussex and Bristol Universities and has been a Research Associate at the University of Zimbabwe. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies and the publications committee of the International Africa Institute.
She is co-author with JoAnn McGregor and Terence Ranger of Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the 'Dark Forests' of Matabeleland (James Currey, 2000), and author of The Unsettled Land: The Politics of Land and State-making in Zimbabwe, 1893-2003 (James Currey, 2006).