Kealeboga J Maphunye

Inaugural WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Research Professor and Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa, UNISA, University of South Africa

Kealeboga J. Maphunye is the inaugural WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Research Professor and Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He holds a doctoral degree in Government from the University of Essex (UK), Master of Public Administration (MPA) (UB, Botswana) and BSc. Sociology (Hons.) (UZ, Zimbabwe). Among others, he has worked for the School of Government, University of the Western Cape supervising students on public administration and governance; conducted commissioned research for national government departments including the South African Presidency; and election related research as a researcher at the HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council). He has also worked for the Department of Public Service and Administration and the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). He conducts research on elections, governance and democracy in South Africa, focusing on election management bodies and electoral processes. His broader research interests include development and underdevelopment; post-independence administrative/bureaucratic reform in developing countries; comparative politics and public administration; and gender and human rights issues in public sector organisations;
His recent publication is: “Post-Liberation Relapse and Aborted Social Contract? Isaias Afwerki and Eritrea, 1991-2015,” in Rupiya, M., Moyo, G. and Laugesen, H. (Eds.) African Public Policy Research Institute (APPRI), The New African Civil-Military Relations, Pretoria: APPRI, pp.64-76 (ISBN: 978-0-620-61527-3).


  • –present
    Wiphold Brigalia Bam chair in electoral democracy in Africa, University of South Africa