New Cape Town Director Selected

Ramón Saldívar, director the Bing Overseas Studies Program, has selected Dr. Adelene Africa as the new director of the program's center in Cape Town, South Africa.

Saldívar, a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford, said Africa will take the helm on June 1, 2017.

Africa will succeed Dr. Trudy Meehan, who is returning to clinical practice in the Public Health Service in Ireland after serving as director since the 2014-15 academic year.

At Stanford's Cape Town Center, Africa will oversee the center's academic and administrative management, as well as day-to-day operations. She will be responsible for providing direction, leadership, advising and support for students, in collaboration with Bing Overseas Studies staff located on the Stanford campus.

Dr. Africa is a registered clinical psychologist who has previously taught in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. Her fields of expertise are critical perspectives on psychopathology and feminist psychology. She currently lectures in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town, where her work focuses on identity politics with a particular emphasis on the intersections between gender, race, class, sexuality and other systems of oppression. Her work in both departments has been strongly located in empirical and theoretical knowledge emanating from the global South.

"Dr. Adelene Africa joins the BOSP Cape Town Center as its new director, with a wealth of knowledge about South Africa and BOSP, having served the BOSP Cape Town Center admirably in the past as a member of the BOSP faculty,” said Saldivar. “We envision that she will further the development of a variety of programmatic and curricular innovations in Cape Town. Her expertise in gender studies and the intersectionality of race, gender, class, disability, and sexuality make her an ideal new director in Cape Town.”

Africa, a native of South Africa, holds a Bachelor of Social Science (with Honors in Criminology) from UCT as well as a Bachelor of Social Science (with Honors in Psychology) from Rhodes University. She also holds an MA (in Guidance and Counseling) from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with distinction from the University of Cape Town and was awarded her doctorate in Psychology from the same institution.

With the confirmation of the appointment for Dr. Adelene Africa, BOSP affirms that the Cape Town program will resume for Summer 2016-17.  There will be one round of applications, which will open on Tuesday, February 21.  The deadline to apply is March 12.