MA Student

I am a previous Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF) as well as a GLUS Sue Ledwith awardee, currently a Mellon Mays Research Fellow (South Africa) in its Mellon Pipeline Development Program (MPDP) under the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a graduate student at the University of the Witwatersrand pursuing my Masters in Political Sciences. My research is under the “Violent State, State of Violence” project by the WITS Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP) studying in comparative terms the rise of populist movements and the ways in which they can serve as warning signs for larger political crises in South Africa, India and the U.S.A. As well as exploring the conditions for the emergence of populism and the formation of group identities vis-a-vis left/right-wing populists’ tolerance for using violence as a political expression.

I have written and published on:

1. Sithole. N (2024), Dismantling epistemic violence: a decolonial social justice agenda within South Africa’s higher education curriculum, NORRAG Special Issue 10 Education for Societal Transformation: Alternatives for a Just Future
2. Sithole. N (2022), The Paradoxical Nature of Politics, Populism & Representative Democracy: An Ideational Perspective –
3. Sithole. N (2020), Investigating the institutional failures of the World Health Organisation during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Arts of Politics · Nov 1
4. Sithole. N (2020) The Politicisation of Anti-corruption, The Art of Politics · Oct 1