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Current Staff at Centre for African Studies

  • Professors

    Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza

    AC Jordan Chair and Director
    +27 (0) 21 650 3503

    Lungisile Ntsebeza is a Professor and the holder of the AC Jordan Chair in African Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is also the holder of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa.


    Assoc Prof Horman Chitonge

    Associate Professor, Head of Section /
    +27 (0) 21 650 4056

    Horman Chitonge is an Associate Professor at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town (UCT). His research interests include agrarian political economy, hydro-politics, and alternative strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. 


    Assoc Prof Harry Garuba

    Associate Professor, Acting Dean of Humanities
    +27 (0) 21 650 3273

    Harry Garuba is an Associate Professor in the African Studies Unit and holds a joint appointment in the English Department. His teaching interests include: African literature, postcolonial theory and criticism, African modernities and intellectual traditions of African nationalist writing.


    Assoc Prof Nick Shepherd

    Associate Professor, Taking leave from June 2017-2019
    +27 (0) 21 650 4350

    Nick Shepherd is an Associate Professor of African Studies and Archaeology at the University of Cape Town and Head of the African Studies Unit. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress.


  • Visiting Fellows and Research Associates

    Antony Bogues

    Honorary Research Fellow

    Anthony Bogues is the Asa Messer professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Professor of Africana Studies and African and African Diasporic Art at   Brown University where he is the inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.  He is also a curator and has done major shows in the South Africa and the USA.  He is the co – director of the international curatorial project, which reframes the global history of slavery and the creation of modernity …. The World we made together. The author of six books he is working on a volume on black critical theory about the question of freedom and the human in the modern world. He is also the co-director of the international project, Reframing the History of Political Thought and is currently editing a reader on the History of Haitian Art.  His current book is From Slave Petitions to Black Lives Matter and Rhodes Must Fall:  Black Radical Political Thought: A Reader (Pluto: 2017)


    Dr. Colin Darch

    Honorary Research Associate



    Allison Drew

    Honorary Research Fellow

    Allison Drew has a BA in Economics from New York University, and an MA in African Area Studies, an MA in Political Science and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, a visiting associate at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, an honorary research fellow at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of York and a visiting fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. Her research has examined the movement for democracy in South Africa, especially the changing relationship between socialism, nationalism and the state and the interactions between national and international movements.


    Dr Fani Ncapayi

    Honorary Research Associate

    Fani Ncapayi obtained a doctorate in Sociology at the University of Cape Town in 2013. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for African Studies (CAS), and the Director of the Cala University Students Association (CALUSA), a rural development non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Cala – Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape. The organisation’s focus is on land access and use; youth development; as well as issues of local governance, particularly democratisation of rural governance. Over-arching these areas of focus is CALUSA’s commitment to facilitating the development of Siyazakha Land and Development Forum as a movement of rural people.


    Dr. Nadira OmarjeeOmarjee, Dr Nadira

    Dr. Nadira Omarjee is a visiting fellow at CAS. She has been a visiting academic at the Vrije Universitiet Amsterdam for the past two years. Prior to that she has had postdoctoral fellowships at UKZN and Wits. Her current interests are in decolonisation and critical pedagogy. She is currently writing up her research based on conversations with academics and activists in Cape Town and Amsterdam.




    Assoc Prof Marcelo C. Rosa

    Visiting Researcher 

    Marcelo C. Rosa is as visiting researcher at the Centre for African Studies and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. 


    Emeritus Professor Christopher Saunders

    Honorary Research Associate





    Professor Crain Soudien

    Honorary Research Associate

    Professor Crain Soudien is former Deputy Vice Chancellor, UCT. He currently heads the HSRC.



  • Post doc Fellows

    Dr Joseph Olusegun Adebayo

    ​Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Joseph Adebayo is an NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Africa Studies at the University of Cape Town. He obtained his PhD from the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. His doctoral thesis, which applied a participatory action research methodology, was entitled: ‘Building Capacity for Conflict-sensitive Reportage of Elections in Nigeria’.


    Dr Jeremiah Arowosegbe



    Dr Femke Brandt

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, up to 2016

    Femke Brandt has been a Postdoctoral Fellow since 2013 at the Centre for African Studies in the NRF Research Chair on Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa. Her ethnographic research activities focus on relational dynamics between farmers and farm workers and land reform, specifically in the Eastern Cape Karoo where she has conducted field work since 2013. Her research interests are power and belonging in the commercial farming landscape in the context of farm conversions to private game farms and in the trophy-hunting sector. Moreover, Femke is interested in exploring dynamics of doing ethnographic field work and the process of knowledge generation, in particular questions of ethics, reflexivity, positionality, power and interpretation.


  • Senior Curator

    Paul Weinberg

    Senior Curator
    +27 (0) 21 650 5251

    Paul Weinberg is a South African-born documentary photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator, educationist and archivist. He began his career in the early 1980s by working for South African NGOs, and photographing current events for news agencies and foreign newspapers.


  • The New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) lecturer

    Zuziwe Msomi


    Zuziwe Msomi is a new lecturer to the Centre for African Studies. She earned her Masters with distinction from Rhodes University, and is currently reading for her PhD in Political Studies. Her Masters was titled Indigenous Medicinal Knowledge and Intellectual Property Law. Case Study: Alice Pelargonium Case.

    Read more about the New Generation of Academics Programme

  • Scholars and  Research Officers

    Dr June Bam-Hutchison

    Research Officer

    June Bam-Hutchison  is a senior scholar who in recent years has held Research Fellowship positions with the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past at York University (UK) and in Archive and Public Culture (UCT). She supports the Director (NRF & A. C. Jordan Chairs) with research management of CAS. With Christopher Saunders, she edits the peer-reviewed and accredited Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa. Her research interests are in Khoi identities, school history education and in decolonial discourse and practice (transformation of museums and higher education). She leads on the National Institute of the Social Sciences and Humanities (NIHSS) catalytic pre-colonial  historiography project for the NRF Chair. In addition to this research role with Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, June lectures on the African Studies Master's degree programmes and the African Studies undergraduate Major. June also directs and lectures the 'Sites of Memory' course on Stanford University's overseas programme.    


    Nkululeko Mabandla

    Research Officer

    Nkululeko Mabandla is a research officer at the Centre for African Studies and a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Humanities in Africa. His research interests include the fields of political economy, post-colonial theory, language and history. His current research is on Chinese traders in South Africa's rural towns.


    Simphiwe Tsawu

    Junior Research Fellow

    Simphiwe Tsawu is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for African Studies and a PhD candidate. His research interests include matters related to rural land claims on conservation areas, co-management of natural resources, and rural development in South Africa. His current research is on Traditional authorities and natural resource management: the case of Dwesa-Cwebe in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.


  • Administration

    Noma-Afrika Maseti

    Centre for African Studies Administrator
    +27(0) 21 650 4868 Fax: +27(0) 21 650 3579

    Noma-Afrika has been the administrator for the NRF Chair since its inception in 2008. A widely experienced and skilled administrator at UCT for many  years, Noma-Afrika also administers the A.C.Jordan Chair (Director of CAS) since 2012. 



    Vuyelwa MnqanqeniVuyelwa Mnqanqeni

    Mrs Vuyelwa Mnqanqeni
    Administrative Assistant: African Studies
    Tel: 021 650 4034

    Mrs Mnqanqeni provides professional administrative support to the Head of Section of African Studies, Lecturers, Undergraduates and Postgraduate students. As point of contact for African Studies, she provides widespread support to visitors and ensures efficient and smooth day-to-day operation of the Section.