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Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Fort Hare

Dr Akhona Ndzuta is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC), based at the University of Fort Hare. She researches the intersection of South African music, public policy and cultural management. Her core areas of focus are the labour conditions of South African music practitioners in domestic and international contexts, South African cultural policy foundations and processes, music and cultural diplomacy, as well as cultural administration and entrepreneurship. Her other interests lie in contemporary South African jazz networks. Dr Ndzuta has taught courses in musicology, ethnomusicology, arts administration and cultural studies to undergraduate and (post)graduate students at five universities and has been engaged in wide-ranging curriculum development projects. She has reviewed articles for scholarly journals including South African Music Studies (SAMUS) and the Journal of Musical Arts in Africa (JMAA). She is also involved in intermittent non-academic education-based cultural activism projects. She holds a PhD from The Ohio State University, an MA from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and Wits Technikon (now the University of Johannesburg). Dr Ndzuta has been the recipient of a number of (post)graduate awards, including the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fund, South African National Arts Council International Bursary for Multi-disciplinary Studies, and The Ohio State University’s Barnett Fellowship. Her current work includes MusoCulture: A Music and Public Policy Series, which is funded by a Catalytic Research grant from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Fort Hare


  • 2019 
    The Ohio State University, PhD Arts Administration, Education and Policy