People at WISER


Professor and Director 

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Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Postapartheid, editor of Beautiful/Ugly: African...

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Professor 

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Professor Achille Mbembe, born in Cameroon, obtained his Ph.D in History at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1989 and a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris). He was Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University, New...
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Professor and Deputy Director 

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Keith is a Professor and Deputy Director at Wiser.  He writes about the cultural and economic history of South Africa, particularly the gold mining industry, the state and the development of information systems.  He studied at Wits and Johns Hopkins and completed his PhD at...

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Professor 

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Pamila Gupta is Professor at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. Her research explores Lusophone (post)...

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Associate Professor 

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Hlonipha Mokoena is currently an Associate Professor at WISER. Before June 2015 she worked in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University.  She is the author of Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual and has a strong research interest in South African intellectual...

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Visiting Professor 

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Professor Sarr is widely known for his outstanding work on the restitution of African artefacts. In 2017, in tandem with Benedicte Savoy, he was commissioned to produce a report by the French President Emmanuel Macron to produce a report...

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Visiting Professor 

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Shireen Hassim is a Visiting Professor at WISER and spends time in residence at the Institute. She is a former Professor of Politics at Wits and was seconded to WISER for a period of three years from the Department of Political Studies....

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Professor 

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Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor Emeritus at Wits University, based at WISER and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University. She was previously Professor of African Literature at Wits and Global Distinguished Professor at NYU....

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Professor 

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Professor Rottenburg is working with and from WiSER to build a continent-wide focus on science and technology studies in Africa.  He is known internationally for his pathbreaking contributions to major intellectual areas of study which include postcolonial social theory and debates on...

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Professor 

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Jonathan Klaaren is Professor of Law and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He is appointed at the Law School and at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER). He teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of human rights,...

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Financial Manager 

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Adila Deshmukh joined WiSER in June 2004 after having pursued a fulfilling career in the tourism industry for ten years, promoting and selling Southern Africa. At WiSER, her focus is on financial management and she works closely with staff, doctoral fellows, visitors and writing fellows....

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Senior Administrator 

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Najibha Deshmukh joined WISER in September 2002. Before joining WISER, Najibha worked in a number of positions at the University, including at Wits TV, the Faculty of Humanities, the School of Human and Community Development and, for a short period , the office of the Dean. She has...

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