Susan Booysen

Susan Booysen is Professor in the Wits School of Governance (WSG), University of the Witwatersrand. Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power (2011) and The ANC’s March on Mangaung (2012). She edited Local Elections in South Africa: Parties, people, politics (2012) and co-edited Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa, 1989-2009: 20 years of multiparty democracy (2009) with Denis Kadima. She is currently working on a sequel to ‘Regeneration’ (2015 is the anticipated publication date).

Booysen is past president of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) and serves on the editorial board of the South African Journal of Political Studies, Politikon. She started her academic career at the University of Johannesburg, then moved to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and has been at Wits since 2005. Booysen is also a political analyst and media commentator. She is columnist for The Sunday Independent and contributing editor to The Star (both papers are published out of Johannesburg).

She holds a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of Johannesburg. She obtained both her Masters and Honours degrees cum laude. She has held some major research fellowships, including a post-doctoral fellowship at the Southern African Research Program (SARP) at Yale University.

Besides her books, Booysen has published a wide range of refereed academic articles in national and international journals, chapters in books, research reports and monographs. These publications focus on South and Southern Africa, with the specific focus on issues of politics, power and policy. South Africa is her main country of interest, followed by Zimbabwe.

Political power, African National Congress, community protest in South Africa, opposition politics, public policy, opposition politics.

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