Name: Alex Caramento 

Institutional Affiliation: York University 


Alex Caramento is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics at York University, Canada, and the Grant Coordinator for the Resource Nationalism in Southern Africa partnership project.  His dissertation research focuses on indigenous capital formation among Zambian mine suppliers and service providers in the Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces.  He has published his work in Third World Quarterly and The Extractive Industries and Society.  He teaches African history and political economy as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of History at Trent University, the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University and the Department of Politics at York University. 

Twitter: @alexcaramento 


“‘The curse of being born with a copper spoon in our mouths’: An examination of the changing forms of Zambian resource nationalism” in Andrew Grant, Nathan Andrews and Jesse Ovadia (eds.), Natural Resource-Based Development in Africa: Panacea or Pandora’s Box? University of Toronto Press, 2021 (Forthcoming) 

“Cultivating backward linkages to Zambia’s copper mines: Debating the design of, and obstacles to, local content.”  The Extractive Industries and Society 7, no. 2 (2020): 310-320. 

(with Richard Saunders) “Capitalism and Resource Nationalism in Southern Africa.” Review of African Political Economy “Capitalism in Africa” Blog

(with Richard Saunders) “An ‘Extractive Developmental State’ in Southern Africa? The Cases of Zambia and Zimbabwe.” Third World Quarterly vol. 39, no. 6 (2018): 1166-1190.