Stephanie Matseleng Allais is a senior researcher at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests are in the sociology of education, policy, education and development, curriculum, sociology of knowledge, and political economy of education.
Prior to joining Wits, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Immediately prior to this she managed and conducted research for an international research project comparing qualifications frameworks in 16 countries, for the International Labour Organization. Before this, she was the director of the Research and Development unit of Umalusi, the statutory body responsible for the quality assurance of primary, secondary, and vocational education and training in South Africa. She has worked in various parts of the South African education system, including working for a non-governmental organization in distance education, running the education department of a trade union, and teaching in a high school, as well as teaching part time in adult basic education and training, and leading a student organization. She served on many committees by appointment of the Minister of Education in South Africa, and has been involved in numerous policy processes. She has a PhD in education policy from the School of Public and Development Management at Wits University in South Africa.