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Post-doctoral Research Fellows 2020

Alex Halligey

Alex Halligey has a PhD in Drama and Urban Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from New York University. Her research is concerned with theatre and performance as research tools and conceptual lenses for exploring the relationship between people and the built environment. Her monograph on her PhD research regarding this subject, Participatory Theatre and the Urban Everyday: Place and Play in Johannesburg, was published by Routledge in 2020.

Daniella Rafaely

Daniella Rafaely is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study. She studies social interaction, social categories and common-sense knowledge using a range of discursive methodologies including conversation analysis and discursive psychology. Her research focuses on child homicides in South Africa, utilizing a range of everyday settings in order to examine the methods by which morality is reproduced as a social institution in everyday interactions.

David Maahlamela

David wa Maahlamela, an award-winning author of four books, holds MA in Creative Writing and PhD in African Languages from Rhodes University. Named twice on the Mail & Guardian Top Young South Africans list, he previously served as a council member for National Arts Council as well as National English Literature Museum (Amazwi). His works appeared in over-fifty journals and publications nationwide and beyond. He currently chairs the Pan South African Language Board. His interests include literature, languages, and translation.

Moorosi Leshoele

Moorosi holds a PhD in Development Studies from University of South Africa (UNISA), a Masters degree in Public Policy Management from Wits University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from University of Cape Town (UCT).  He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study (JIAS). His research interests and niche areas are; political philosophy termed ‘Sankarism’, Pan Africanism, pre-colonial African history, Afrocentricity, Endogenous Development, and Regionalism. Email: or

Prinola Govenden

Dr Prinola Govenden has worked in various capacities most recently as a Teaching Fellow for Wits Media Studies, Visiting Scholar at University of Oslo, Researcher at the Press Freedom Commission. Her PhD (Media Studies) from Wits University is recognised by the Golden Key International Honours society as ranking in the Top 15% of academic achievers globally. Her JIAS research focuses on problematising South African print media transformation within the themes of Decolonising blackness representation; De-westernising media theories; Developing media-specific policy and regulatory frameworks.

Rejoyce Hlengiwe Phetha

Dr Rejoyce is a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Phetha obtained her Master degree in International Relations from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, BA degree, B Soc Science Honours; all from the same University.
Ph.D. University of UKZN, MSoc Science (International Relations) UKZN, BSoc Science Honors (UKZN), BA (Cultural and Heritage Tourism), UKZN.

Vidette Bester

Dr Vidette Bester began her doctoral journey at the University of Johannesburg in 2017 and completed her PhD in 2019. Her study explored artisanal mining in South Africa, and the role that mining companies could play in developing the sector. She is currently doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) under the mentorship of Professor Uys from UJ’s Sociology Department. She will be concentrating on artisanal mining and the role of women in this sector.

Joseph Makanda

Dr. Makanda Joseph is professional researcher in identity politics, forced migration, conflict, active citizenship as well as a practitioner in peacebuilding and security with proven experience in research, training, project management and policy development. Makanda’s publications and research interests include issues on post-election violence, peacebuilding, community participation, civil society and indigenous knowledge systems. Makanda holds a PhD in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies; a Master of Social Science degree in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (Cum Laude); a Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Cum Laude) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum laude). An alumni of Leif Egeland Social Sciences Scholarship, Makanda is also a member of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS).

Mbuso Nkosi

I am a versatile researcher and I have worked in the fields of labour studies, industrial policy, economic development, agrarian studies, archives, and social theory. I have served as the editor of the Global Labour Column (GLC) and the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB). As a Postdoctoral Fellow at JIAS, I will be writing a ‘historical present’ book on farmworker killings in potato farms in Bethal, Mpumalanga from the 1950s. The book builds on my PhD thesis on the meaning of land.

Nadeem Mahomed

Nadeem completed a BA and LLB degrees at Wits. He has clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and is an attorney. His doctoral thesis titled “On the Margins of Faith: A Critical Historical Study of the Minority Ahmadi Muslim Community of Cape Town” addresses the lack of scholarly works concerning the history of the Ahmadi Muslim community located in Cape Town.


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