Permanent Staff

Thiven Reddy

Associate Professor Thiven Reddy is the Head of Department in the Department of Political Studies. He completed his Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree at the University of Natal (Durban) and his Masters and PhD in Political Science at the University of Washington (Seattle). His areas of specialisation are Comparative Politics (Contemporary South African Politics; Politics of Dominant Party Systems) and Political Theory (Marxism; Post-colonial theory).

His book Hegemony and Resistance: Contesting Identities in South Africa (London: Ashgate Publishing, 2000) draws on the writings of Gramsci and Foucault to theorise the construction of identity in South Africa. He has published articles on political theory, South Africa’s democratic transition, and contemporary South African politics. He was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship to Bristol University in 2001 and the Harvard/Mandela Fellowship in 2003. He teaches a postgraduate course in Global Political Thought and an undergraduate course in Advanced South African Politics.

Contact details:

  • Physical Address: Room 5.31, Robert Leslie Building, Upper Campus
  • Postal Address: Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch 7700.
  • Tel.: +27 21 650 3388, 6503799 (fax). 
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