Huma is delighted to welcome Christi v.d.Westhuizen as the new Postdoctoral Fellow. Christi received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Political Economy and South African Politics (Cum Laude) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She previously held research associateships with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State. Her books include White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party (2007) and, as editor, Gender Instruments in Africa: Critical Perspectives, Future Strategies (2005). She has contributed to In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation (2010) and to various journals, including to African Studies as guest editor.
Van der Westhuizen worked as a journalist, starting at the independent anti-apartheid weekly Vrye Weekblad, and was awarded the Mondi Paper Newspaper Award for her political columns in the media. A collection of her columns in the Independent Newspapers, Working Democracy: Perspectives on South Africa’s Parliament at 20 Years, is due out in 2014. She writes a regular column in Beeld. Follow her blog Thoughtleader and watch an interview on her research HERE on post-apartheid identities, with particular reference to Afrikaans-speaking, white, middle-class, heterosexual women.