Meet the Cape Town Faculty

Classes offered through the Cape Town Program are taught by local faculty, the Center Director and Engaged Learning Coordinator, and by one Stanford Faculty-in-Residence per quarter. Many professors hold regular appointments at Cape Town universities or have served in prominent positions in local governments, policy organizations, or research institutes. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

Faculty-in-Residence

Winter 2017-18: TBA
Spring 2017-18: Vaughn Rasberry (English)
Summer 2017-18: Marie-Louise Catsalis (Music) & Grant Parker (Classics)

Winter 2018-19: Elisabeth Pate-Cornell (Management & Science Engineering)
Spring 2018-19: Pamela Hinds (Management & Science Engineering)
Summer 2018-19: Pascaline Dupas (Economics)

Local Faculty

Mohamed Adhikari

Mohamed Adhikari is Associate Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. His teaching has focused on African, South African and economic history, and more recently on African genocide and its racial elements. His scholarship focuses on racial identity in South Africa’s coloured society and colonialism and genocide.

June Bam

June Bam PhD.M.Ed.B.Ed. HDE. BA is based at African Studies, UCT, where she leads the Precolonial Research Project and teaches the MA degree on Critical Issues in Heritage, Problematising African Studies and Decolonial Theory. She grew up on the Cape Flats with a strong maternal indigenous Khoi identity and held a Visiting Research Fellowship for a number of years at the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past with York University (UK) and for a short term in Archive and Public Culture at UCT. June headed the first national South African History Project within South Africa's post-apartheid Education Ministry (2001 - 2004), which won the UNESCO Peace Education Prize in 2008 with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.  Currently, first appointed chair of the first Cape Town Museum, she has worked widely nationally and internationally in heritage and history education, including at a number of leading museums. 

Ronelle Crolissen

Ronelle Carolissen is a clinical psychologist and full professor of community psychology in    the department of educational psychology, as well as the vice-dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) and an executive member of the Psychological Association of South Africa (PSYSSA), chairing the division of Community and Social Psychology at PSYSSA. Her research expertise and publications explore feminist social justice and critical community psychology perspectives on social inclusion and equity in higher education as well as community engagement.  She has published numerous journal articles in these areas and is the co-editor of the books Community, self and identity: Educating South African university students for citizenship (HSRC Press, 2012) and Discerning critical hope in educational practices (Routledge, Nov/Dec 2013). New areas of interest and exploration are the politics of affect, belonging and citizenship in critical community psychology.Ronelle and co-authors have won numerous awards for Most scholarly paper and conference presentations at various conferences, including the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) (2008). She holds a prestigious Rector’s award for teaching excellence from the University of Stellenbosch (2005) as well as the 2016 Psychological Association of South Africa award for excellence in teaching Psychology in higher education.

Stephan Klingebiel

Stephan Klingebiel is Department Head (Bilateral and Multilateral Development Cooperation) of the German Development Institute, one of the leading think tanks on development in Europe. From mid-2007 to mid-2011 he was director of the KfW Bankengruppe (Banking Group) office in Kigali, Rwanda dealing with development cooperation issues. His research and university teaching focuses on development policy, political economy and governance issues in Africa, and crisis prevention and conflict management.

Nomusa Makhubu

Dr. Nomusa Makhubu (BFA, PGDHE, MA, PhD) is an NRF-rated art historian and artist. She is the recipient of the ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award (2006) and the Prix du Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Le Fresnoy (2014). Makhubu is the chairperson of Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI) and a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). She is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS-AHP) fellow and was a research fellow of the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) in Nigeria, Lagos. She received the UCT-Harvard Mandela Fellowship 2017. Makhubu was a committee member of the National Arts Festival. She was a recipient of the CAA-Getty travel award in 2014. She co-edited a Third Text Special Issue: ‘The Art of Change’ (2013) and later co-curated the international exhibition, Fantastic, in 2015. Makhubu is currently a member of the College Art Association (CAA) International Committee. Her current research focuses on African popular culture, photography, interventionism, live art and socially-engaged art. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Wamuwi Mbao

Dr. Wamuwi Mbao is a literary critic and writer. He lectures on literature, Pop culture, and politics at Stellenbosch University, and is a contributor to The Sunday Times, SLiP, the Johannesburg Review of Books, Africa Is A Country and other writerly spaces. He is part of the InZync Collective, a poetry Outreach Program, and he is a Director on the Board of the poetry journal New Contrast. His short story “The Bath”, published in 2013, was named as one of the 20 best short stories written during the two decades of South Africa’s democracy.”

John Parkington

John Parkington is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. His research and teaching interests include hunter gathers, southern African prehistory, human ecology and palaeoenvironments, archaeological method and theory, prehistoric rock art, and coastal archaeology. John is founding trustee of the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project, a community-based initiative to create jobs and community education through practical utilization of archaeological research.

Jeremy Sarkin

Jeremy Sarkin is Professor of Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Nova University Law School in Lisbon, Portugal. He has undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from South Africa, a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Doctor of Laws degree on comparative and international law. He is admitted to practice as attorney in the USA and South Africa. He was a member (2008-2014), and was Chairperson-Rapporteur (2009-2012), of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. He served as an acting judge in 2002 and 2003 in the High Court in South Africa. He is a member of a number of journal editorial boards. He has published 15 books and about 300 articles. Some of his recent books are “Germany’s Genocide of the Herero” (2011); Reparations for Colonial Genocides (2009); Human Rights in African Prisons (2008); Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground (2007); Carrots and Sticks: The TRC and the South African Amnesty Process (2004). He has a wide area of teaching and research that includes international law, comparative law, constitutional law, human rights, and transitional justice. He has served on the board of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation since 2000.

Helen Scanlon

Dr Helen Scanlon is the convenor of the Justice and Transformation Programme in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Between 2012 and 2015 she was the head of the Gender Studies Department at UCT. Until 2011 she was the Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice’s (ICTJ) Gender Justice Programme where she worked as a practitioner on issues of justice and post-conflict transformation. Before joining ICTJ, Helen was a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa, working on peace-building in Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in South African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her book Representation and Reality: Portraits of Women’s Lives examines gender and politics in South Africa during apartheid.  She has published widely on the subject of gender, peacebuilding and transitional justice in Africa. 

Nolu Tyam

Nolu Tyam is Language Lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town where she teaches Xhosa and provides translation assistance.

Joe Warren

Joe Warren is interested in complex systems and trans-disciplinary approaches to constructing knowledge in, of, and for the world. He has researched, practiced, and taught in diverse areas such as identity, international education, social justice, sustainability, and community development. Joe is currently based at the Sustainability Institute in Lynedoch,Stellenbosch  from which he develops and hosts short-term educational programs related to sustainability within community contexts. 

Quentin Williams

Dr. Quentin Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of Western Cape. He is also a Research Fellow in the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR) at the same university. He has published research on multilingualism, linguistic citizenship, Hip Hop language and culture, and most recently on youth multilingualism and marginal multilingual practices in markets. He teaches sociolinguistics and multilingualism at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is the author of Remix Multilingualism (Bloomsbury, 2017), and is currently coediting two forthcoming anthologies: Kaapse Styles: Hip Hop Art and Activism in Cape Town, South Africa with Adam Haupt (UCT), H. Samy Alim (UCLA, Los Angeles), and Hip Hop artist Emile YX? (Black Noise, Heal the Hood (HSRC Press, 2017); and People making Sense of Linguistic Landscapes with Amiena Peck (UWC) and Christopher Stroud (UWC) (Bloomsbury, 2018). He is also Co Editor of Multilingual Margins: a Journal of Multilingualism from the Periphery, published by CMDR.

Laura Nkula-Wenz

Dr. Laura Nkula-Wenz is an urban geographer with a keen interest in postcolonial urban theory and African urbanism. Her research focuses on the transformation of urban governance and local political agency as well as the production of alternative cultural and artistic expressions in urban development processes. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Münster/Germany, where she also completed a degree in Human Geography, Communication Studies and Political Science. Laura is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Pôle de recherche pour l'organisation et la diffusion de l'information géographique (Prodig) in Paris and an affiliated researcher at the African Centre for Cities (UCT).