Kealeboga J Maphunye

Professor and Chair of Department - Political Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA), University of South Africa

Kealeboga J. Maphunye is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Sciences, and former WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Research Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa at Unisa. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Government from the University of Essex (UK), Master of Public Administration (MPA) (UB, Botswana) and Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Hons.) (UZ, Zimbabwe). He has worked for the School of Government, University of the Western Cape as an academic; and has conducted commissioned research for South Africa's national government departments. Further, he has conducted election related research at South Africa's Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Prof Maphunye has also worked for the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) and the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). Currently, his research focuses on elections, governance and democracy in South Africa and the African continent, especially election management bodies and electoral processes. A regular participant in African Election Observer Missions, 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 latest publication is: “Straining without Training? Capacity-related Problems facing African Election Executives and Officials”, International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, 2017, Vol. 12 (1), pp. 55-75, ISSN 1753-7274 (Online), ISSN 1818-6874 (Print).


  • 2012–present
    Research professor, Brigalia Bam Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa


Awarded Grant by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) to host an Annual Colloquium in Electoral Democracy in Africa, UNISA, April 2017.