Sunday, 6 December 2015

Rupert Taylor

Professor Anthony Butler

Chair and Head of Department in Political Studies
MA (Oxford), PhD (Cambridge)

Anthony Butler is Professor of Politics. His research interests include South African public policy and politics, political uncertainty, environmental management, policy disasters, HIV/AIDS policy, black economic empowerment, and public policy in the European Union. He is the author of Contemporary South Africa (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), Cyril Ramaphosa (James Currey 2008), Democracy and Apartheid: Political science, comparative politics, and the modern South African state (Macmillan 1998) and Transformative Politics: The future of socialism in Western Europe (Macmillan 1995). He is editor of Paying for Politics: Party funding and political change in South Africa and the Global South (Jacana 2010).

Professor Daryl Glaser


Daryl Glaser is Associate Professor of Politics. In recent years he has done most of his research and writing in the areas of democratic theory, applied political philosophy and the history of radical political thought, with both South African and non-South African case studies. In the past he has also done work on South African political economy, a line of interest culminating in his publication of Politics and Society in South Africa (Sage, 2001). He recently co-edited Twentieth Century Marxism: A Global Introduction (Routledge, 2007) and has published articles in journals including African Affairs, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities, Global Society, Journal of Southern African Studies, Political Studies, Politikon, Review of African Political Economy, and Review of International Studies.

Professor Shireen Hassim

BA Hons (Durban-Westville), MA (Natal), PhD (York)

Shireen Hassim is an Associate Professor of Politics and her research interests are in the area of feminist theory and politics, social movements and collective action, the politics of representation and affirmative action, and social policy. She is co-editor of No Shortcuts to Power: Women and Policymaking in Africa (2003); Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context (2006) and Go Home or Die Here: Xenophobia, Violence and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa. She is the author of Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (2006), which won the 2007 American Political Science Association’s Victoria Shuck Award for best book on women and politics. She is currently working on a book of essays about sex, race and politics in contemporary South Africa.

Mr Peter Hudson

BA (Hons) (Natal), MLettres (Paris)

Peter Hudson is a Senior Lecturer in Politics. His areas of research interest are social and political theory and South African studies. Peter offers graduate courses in the area of post-Marxist theory and his most recent major research publication is “The Concept of the Subject in Laclau,” Politikon (2006). He is a past winner of the Wits Vice-Chancellor’s teaching award and has played an active role in the development of WISER – especially the theory seminar. He is on the editorial board of Theoria: A Journal of Political and Social Theory and Transformation.

Dr Stephen Louw

BA (Hons) (Wits), PhD (Wits)

Dr Stephen Louw is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and coordinator of the Development Studies Programme at Wits. He is interested increasingly in the study of why some societies develop and others stagnate – and the role that culture, institutions, economics and class play in underpinning development. Stephen is also interested in comparative political theory, with a specific focus on Marxist, religious fundamentalist, and populist nationalist reactions to modernity. He has published papers in such journals as Economy & Society and The Philosophy of the Social Sciences. He is a former editor of Politikon.

Professor Sheila Meintjes

BA (Hons) (Rhodes), MA (Sussex), PhD (London)

Sheila Meintjes is Associate Professor of Politics. Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of feminist theory and politics, gender violence, and conflict transformation. She was a full-time Commissioner in the Commission on Gender Equality between May 2001 and March 2004 and is a Board member of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre against Violence against Women and Women’s Net. She is co-editor of The Aftermath: Women in post-conflict Transformation (2002, Zed), One Woman, One Vote: the Gender Politics of Elections (2003, Electoral Institute of Southern Africa), Women Writing Africa: the Southern Region (2003, The Feminist Press and Wits Press), and Women’s Activism in South Africa: Working Across Divides (2009, UKZN Press). Currently, she is leading a research project on “Safeguarding democracy: Contests of memory and heritage,” which compares South African and Swiss democratic practice.

Dr Antje Schuhmann

MA (Munich/Germany), PhD (Munich/Germany)

Antje Schuhmann is Senior Lecturer of Politics. Her work draws from Critical Race Theory and Whiteness Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Masculinity Studies, the Study of Sexualities, and Feminist Theory and Practice. Her main fields of interest include the intersection of power with various body politics, and the historical roots and today’s legacies of systems of violence and domination. Antje’s research focuses on how the interconnectivity of gender, race, sexuality, and class manifest themselves in everyday experiences and politics of representation. Antje is active in international feminist, anti-racist networks, has produced film and audio features, published in various journals and newspapers, and is the co-editor of Blackness and Sexualities (2007, LIT Verlag). Currently, she is writing a book on imperial feminism and the racialized gendering of nation building.

Professor Rupert Taylor

BA(Hons) (Kent), M.Sc.(Econ.) (LSE), PhD (Kent)

Rupert Taylor is Associate Professor of Politics. He is editor of Creating a Better World: Interpreting Global Civil Society (2004, Kumarian); Consociational Theory: McGarry and O’Leary and the Northern Ireland Conflict (2009, Routledge); and Third Sector Research (2010, Springer). He has been a visiting research fellow at the New School in New York and at Queen’s University Belfast, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University, NYC. From 2001–2009 he was editor-in-chief of Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. He has written extensively on South African politics as well as the Northern Ireland conflict in such journals as Telos, Race & Class, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Round Table, Transformation, Politikon, Humanity & Society, Peace & Change, African Affairs, and The Political Quarterly.

Administrative Staff

Mrs Gillian Renshaw


Department of Political Studies, Central Block room 33, East Campus

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