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Bheki Mngomezulu

Professor of Political Science, University of the Western Cape

Bheki R. Mngomezulu is a Full Professor of Political Science at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, where he is also the Deputy Dean of Research. Before joining this university he was a Cluster Leader and a Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban – after serving at other universities in the country. He holds seven academic degrees in history, political science and education as well as a Senior Secondary Teachers Diploma. These include a Bachelor of Education, two Honours, three Masters and a PhD from Rice University. He has supervised and examined over 100 postgraduate students across universities. His academic fields are History and Political Science with a focus on International Relations. He has published five books (the sixth one is in press), over ten book chapters, over thirty articles in national and international journals as well as a number of newspaper articles. His research background includes formal publications, commissioned reports and consultancy research. He is a member of senate and is a senate representative to the university Council. He presides over and serves as a member of different university academic structures such as the Higher Degrees Committee. Outside academia, he is a member of the Nelson Mandela Museum Council, where he was appointed by the National Minister of Arts and Culture. His current research interests include: identity politics, traditional leadership, the history of Umkhonto Wesizwe, comparative African politics as well as politics and higher education.


  • –present
    Professor, University of the Western Cape

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Professor of Political Science
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation