Prof Debby Bonnin
Associate Professor and Head of Department

BSocSci (Hons), MSocSci [Natal], PhD (Sociology) [Witwatersrand]
Office: Humanities Building 19-14
Telephone: +27 12 420 2330
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
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Ms Rosa Da Costa-Bezuidenhout 
Departmental Administrator
Office: Humanities Building 19-14
Telephone: 012 420 2330
Fax: 012 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]


Ms Vangile Bingma  
Lecturer and DPhil candidate

BA, BSocSci (Hons), MSocSci (Sociology) [Pretoria]
Office: Humanities Building 19-05
Telephone: +27 12 420 4897
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]


Prof Catherine Burns 
Associate Professor
BA (History, English, Drama, Politics), BA Hons (History) [University of the Witwatersrand]; MA History (History of Medicine and African History) [Johns Hopkins University]; PhD (History: African History; Gender Studies and History of Medicine) [Northwestern University; USA]. 
Office: Humanities Building 19-24
Tel: +27 12 420 4393
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]
Affiliated -- Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender (CSA&G) and Historical & Heritage Studies


Dr Rachelle Chadwick - Senior Lecturer
BA, BSocSci (Hon), MA, PhD (Psychology) [University of Cape Town]
Rachelle Chadwick is Senior Lecturer in Sociology. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cape Town and has been the recipient of a number of awards and research fellowships, including a visiting fellowship at UC Berkeley and a prestigious Research Career Development Award from the National Research Foundation. She has published widely in international journals such as Feminism & Psychology, Health, Risk & Society, Qualitative Research and Discourse & Society; her work has also appeared in a number of edited books. Rachelle's monograph, 'Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Birth Politics' was published in 2018  by Routledge ('Women and Psychology' series). Her research and supervision interests lie predominantly in the areas of reproductive politics, bodies and new materialisms and critical feminist approaches to gestational and reproductive embodiment/labour. Rachelle has a keen interest in critical and feminist theory more broadly as well as in innovative, arts-based and experimental qualitative methodologies and modes of analysis. She is also a cat lover who enjoys knitting and swimming when she is not busy writing or teaching.
Office: Humanities Building 19-22
Tel: +27 12 420 3302
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]


Prof Zitha Mokomane
Associate Professor
BA (Demography & Economics) [University of Botswana] MA, PhD (Demography) [Australian National University]
Office: Humanities Building 19-31
Tel: +27 12 420  3744
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]




Dr Sepetla Molapo


Dip. Theo (Theology)  [Baptist Convention College], BA Hons, MA (Religious Studies) [Witwatersrand], MA (Development Studies) [Manchester], PhD (Witwatersrand)

Office: Humanities Building 19-30
Telephone: +27 12 420 2960
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]

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Prof Alf Nilsen  


BA (Development Studies) [University of East Anglia]; PhD (Sociology) [University of Bergen]

Office: Humanities Building 19-23
Tel: +27 12 420 4366
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected] 

Research and publications




Dr Charles Puttergill 

Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons) (Sociology), BA (Hons) (Anthropology) [RAU] MA (Sociology) [South Africa]; DPhil [Stellenbosch]; HDipEdAd [Witwatersrand]

Office: Humanities Building 19-06
Telephone: +27 12 420 2715
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]

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Prof Vasu Reddy
Professor and Dean of Humanities
MA (Comparative Literature) [University of the Witwatersrand]; PhD (Gender Studies) [University of KwaZulu-Natal]
Tel: +27 12 420 2360



Mr. Justice Medzani - Tutor Coordinator and DPhil candidate

BSc (Hon), MSc, (Sociology) [University of Zimbabwe]
Title: Intimate partner abuse and male identity: Experiences and perspective of abused men in Zimbabwe

The study is an exploration of the nexus between gender and violence. It focuses on examining the types of intimate partner abuse perpetrated by women towards men in Zimbabwe’s urban spaces and the way men construct and negotiate meanings around such experiences in view of their masculine identities in a patriarchal context. The study further delineates the strategies men employ as a reaction to the perceived abuse, their help-seeking behavior and needs in relation to abuse experienced. The primary study methods are in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and tele-observation.
I have research interests in areas of masculinities; domestic and intimate partner violence; social media; and quantitative research methods.
Office: Humanities Building 19-26
Tel: +27 12 420 5852
Fax: +27 12 420 2873
E-mail: [email protected]





Dr Cawo Abdi
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
BSocSc Economics [University of Ottawa, Canada], MA [University of Guelph, Canada], PhD Sociology [University of Sussex, United Kingdom]


Dr. Vasabjit Banerjee
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration,
Mississippi State University
BA PolSci & English [Wabash College, Indiana], MA PolSci [Miami University, Ohio], PhD PolSci [Indiana University, Bloomington]



Dr Carolyn E. Holmes
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University 
BAHons [DePauw University, Greencastle], PhD [Indiana University, Bloomington]


Prof Jon Hyslop (Extraordinary Professor)
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Africana & Latin American Studies, Colgate University
BA Hons, MA (Oxford) MA (Birmingham) PhD (Witwatersrand) PGCE (London)



Dr Angelique Wildschut
Senior Manager: Research and Policy, National Student Financial Aid Scheme
BA Industrial Psychology, MPhil Political Management, DPhil PolSci [University of Stellenbosch]





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