February 26, 2018
Minor Hall, Room 110
Shireen Hassim is a professor of political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), currently based at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research). She has written and edited several books, including No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policy Making (Zed Books, 2003) and Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia, and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa (Wits University Press, 2008). Her book, Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), won the Victoria Shuck Award from the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is The ANC Women’s League (Ohio University Press, 2014). Hassim obtained her PhD from York University (Canada). She is a member of the steering committee for the Women’s Living History Monument, which is developing the first museum of women’s history in Africa, and the first black woman full professor of political science in South Africa. She sits on the board of the Human Sciences Research Council and on the Wits council. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and an elected member of its ASSAf Council.