People at WISER


Professor and Director 

Sarah Nuttall's picture

Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literature and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg, South Africa. For many years she taught the Fall semester in the English and African and African American Studies departments at Yale and Duke Universities. She is...

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Professor 

Achille Mbembe's picture

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 York, from 1988-1991, a Senior Research...

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Professor 

Keith Breckenridge's picture

Keith is a Professor and Deputy Director at Wiser, and one of the editors of the Journal of African History.  He writes about the cultural and economic history of South Africa, particularly the gold mining industry,...

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Professor 

Shireen Hassim's picture

Shireen is a Professor of Politics at Wits.  She has been seconded to WISER for a period of three years from the Department of Political Studies.  She is co-editor of many books and author of Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (2006), which won the...

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Professor 

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Jonathan Klaaren is researching and publishing in the areas of the legal profession (including legal education) in Africa, competition and regulatory law (courses he also teaches at the Wits Law School), and privacy'citizenship/identity/informational regulation.  He is also engaged in several...

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Professor 

Isabel Hofmeyr's picture

Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at Wits and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. Over the last two decades, she has pioneered research on global, oceanic and transnational forms of literary and cultural history that seek to understand Africa’s place in the...

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Professor 

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Professor Rottenburg will work 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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Associate Professor 

Hlonipha Mokoena's picture

Hlonipha Mokoena is currently an Associate Professor at WISER and Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities. 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...

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Associate Professor 

Pamila Gupta's picture

Pamila Gupta is Associate 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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Senior Researcher 

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi's picture

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi is a medical anthropologist who is interested in issues relating to gender and the politics of reproduction. She received her PhD from Cambridge University. Nolwazi teaches courses in the anthropology of medicine and the body; medical anthropology; and ethnographic writing and...

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Financial Manager 

Adila Deshmukh's picture

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. Adila...

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Senior Administrator 

Najibha Deshmukh's picture

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 completed...

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