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Visiting Fellows, Post Doc Fellows and Research Associates

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’.

Professor Antony Bogues

Honorary Professor, CAS

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

Professor Allison Drew

Honorary Professor, CAS

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 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.

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. 

Dr. Nadira Omarjee

Omarjee, 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.

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.

Emeritus Professor Christopher Saunders

Honorary Research Associate


Assoc Prof Nick Shepherd

Nick Shepherd was 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.

Professor Crain Soudien

Honorary Professor, CAS

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

Paul Weinberg

Visiting Researcher & Senior Curator

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.


Scholars and Research Officers

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.