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Current Visiting Scholars

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Lwazi Lushaba is a political scientist at the University of Cape Town. He has a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, an MA in philosophy from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and an MPhil from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences and Culture, Kolkata (India). Before joining the University of Cape Town faculty, he taught at various universities in Nigeria and South Africa. His publications include a coedited book, From National Liberation to Democratic Renaissance in Southern Africa (2005), and a book, Development as Modernity, Modernity as Development (2009), both published by CODESRIA in Dakar.

Lushaba’s interests include political philosophy (particularly German phenomenology and Enlightenment philosophy), subaltern studies (decolonial thought, the politics of representation, and postcolonial theory), the postcolonial African state, and radical African/Black traditions of intellectual thought.

Lushaba has been a recipient of several international fellowships, including visiting fellowships at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, and the Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled  History of South African Social Sciences: A View from the Black Colonised.”

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zainabu-headshot.jpgZainabu Marucha Momanyi has an honors degree from the University of Johannesburg where she held the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. Her academic focus was on education leadership and management, reflecting her commitment to fostering educational excellence. In addition, Zainabu is the founder of Brighten a Soul Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Kenya, established to provide support to vulnerable children in Nairobi. Zainabu aspires to a career in education policy making in Africa, especially Kenya. She joins us through Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant fellowship and will be working with Professor Peter Mwangi in his Swahili courses for the 2023-24 academic year.

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