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Visiting Professor and Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand

Susan Booysen is a visiting professor at the Wits School of Governance and professor emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of several books on the African National Congress (ANC), including The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power (2011) and Dominance and Decline: The ANC in the time of Zuma (2015). She edited Local Elections in South Africa: Parties, People, Politics (2012), and co-edited Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa, 1989-2009: 20 Years of Multiparty Democracy (2009) with Denis Kadima. She is also director of research at MISTRA, where she has edited Marriages of Inconvenience: Coalition Politics in South Africa (forthcoming, 2021).

She holds a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of Johannesburg. She obtained both her Masters and Honours degrees cum laude. She has held some major research fellowships, including a post-doctoral fellowship at the Southern African Research Program (SARP) at Yale University.

Booysen has published a wide range of refereed academic articles in national and international journals, chapters in books, and monographs. These publications focus on South and Southern Africa, with the specific focus on issues of politics, power, and policy.


  • –present
    Professor in the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand