Head of Department
Prof Africa worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) for eight years (1995-2003).
She has extensive experience in applied research and research design having been involved in the design and execution of numerous research projects. Prof Africa specialises in teaching research methodology and design with a particular emphasis on public opinion and survey research.
She has a wide range of content interests including South African politics, democracy and governance, elections and election campaigns as well as political communication. She has served as an election analyst for both the SABC and e-tv. She has also played an important role in election observation in South Africa.
Tel: +27 (021) 959 2180
BiographyProf Anciano teaches Introductory Politics, South African Politics, Democratic Theory and Practice as well as Research Methodology. She is a qualitative researcher with an interest in urban governance, democratisation and civil society. Fiona is a C2 National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher. As a qualitative researcher she conducts research in informal settlements on urban democracy and informality.
In 2020 she conceptualised and ran the lockdowndiaries project (www.lockdowndiaries.org) reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 regulations on residents in Cape Town. She has produced numerous publications including book chapters and journal articles, and most recently a co-authored book Democracy Disconnected: Participation and Governance in a City of the South, published by Routledge, UK in 2019. She is co-editor of a forthcoming collection, published by Routledge titled Political Values and Narratives of Resistance: Social Justice and the Fractured Promises of Post-colonial States.
Tel: +27 (021) 959 2593
BiographyProf Pretorius teaches International Relations, and Security Studies. She served as Head of Department from 2007 to 2009. In 2006, she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Her PhD investigated how the Revolution in Military Affairs is impacting on South African defence thinking. Prior to her PhD studies she was the Coordinator of the Centre for International Political Studies (CIPS) at the University of Pretoria. Professor Pretorius is also a member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. Pugwash is an organisation that focuses on the social application of science and technology in international affairs and in 1995 won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on nuclear non- proliferation. Professor Pretorius has edited two books: African Politics: Beyond the Third Wave of Democratisation and Dialogue among Civilizations: A Paradigm for Peace, which she co-edited with Theo Bekker.
Tel: +27 (021) 959 2575
BiographyDr Matshanda teaches International Political Dynamics and Comparative Area Politics. She has a BA Honours degree from the University of the Western Cape, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand and a PhD in African Studies from Edinburgh University. Dr Matshanda's research interests are on post-colonial processes of state formation in Africa, she is especially interested in local conceptions and articulations of statehood in the Horn of Africa. For her doctoral thesis Dr Matshanda conducted extensive field research in Ethiopia where she examined the relationship between state projects of territorialisation and people's experiences of these in eastern Ethiopia.
Tel: +27 (021) 959 3231
BiographyDr Hoskins teaches Political Philosophy and South African Politics. He obtained his PhD thesis which critically analyses black economic empowerment in South Africa. His research interests include the socio- economic construction of race, black economic empowerment and theories of the developmental state. Mark obtained his BA, B Proc, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Western Cape. His LLM thesis focused on a historical materialist critique of disability law.
Department: Department of Political Studies
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Tel: 021 959 3228
Fax: 021 959 2136