JIAS staff

peter valeProf Peter Vale, Director

Peter Vale is Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg, and Director of JIAS. He holds BA and BA (Honours) degrees from Wits University, and an MA and PhD from the University of Leicester.

He previously worked as Director of Research at the South African Institute of International Affairs; Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, where he was also Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics; co-Director (with Rob Davies) of the Centre for Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape; and, later, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at the same university.

He has served as UNESCO Professor of African Studies at Utrecht University; Professor of Politics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; and Visiting Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway.

He is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a member of the Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, and a Fellow of the World Academy for Arts and Science. He was recently elected as a member of the African Academy of Science.

Between 2008 and 2011, he co-chaired (with Jonathan Jansen) the first inquiry into the state of the Humanities in South Africa for the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He also chairs the Academy Advisory Board of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).
Prof Vale’s research interests include social thought, intellectual traditions in South Africa, the future and politics of higher education, and the origins of international relations in South Africa, and he has published extensively in all these fields.

He has received the International Medal of the University of Utrecht, and Rhodes University’s Distinguished Senior Research Award. His book Security and Politics in South Africa: The Regional Dimension (University of Cape Town Press, 2004) received the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award at Rhodes University.

In 2013, he delivered the EH Carr Memorial Lecture at Aberystwyth University, Wales, the most prestigious lecture in the field of International Relations.

Prof Vale has contributed extensively to the public debate in South Africa and elsewhere. He regularly writes on higher education for the Johannesburg-based national weekly Mail & Guardian.

For Peter Vale’s curriculum vitae, click here. For his list of academic publications and other public contributions, click here.

Contact details: 011 559 4252 / pvale@uj.ac.za

Ronit Frenkel, Deputy Director

Ronit Frenkel is an Associate Professor of English at UJ. She holds BA Honours and Masters degrees in African Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a PhD in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Arizona, where she specialised in Cultural Studies, with a minor in Women’s Studies.

Ronit’s work falls at the intersection of cultural studies, African literature and critical theory. She is the author of Reconsiderations: South African Indian Fiction and the Making of Race in Postcolonial Culture (Unisa Press 2010), and Traversing Transnationalism: the horizons of cultural and literary studies (Rodopi Press 2011), with David Watson (Uppsala) and Pier Paolo Frassinelli (UJ). She predominantly works on South African literary and cultural studies.

Contact details: Tel +27 559 7547 / ronitf@uj.ac.za

ronald witteRonald Witte,  Accommodation Manager

Ronald Witte is the Accommodation Manager of the JIAS campus at 1 Tolip Street in Westdene, Johannesburg.

Contact details: Tel +27 11 559 5730 / Cell +27 84 266 1870 / jiasmanager@uj.ac.za


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