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Christopher Isike

Director, African Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Pretoria

Christopher Isike, PhD, is a Professor of African Politics and International Relations in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is the current President of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS) and has just completed his term as Vice President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).

Prof Isike is Editor-in-Chief of Africa’s foremost political science journal, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, and has been Editor of Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation since 2017. Prof Isike also serves on the editorial board of several reputable international journals, such as International Political Science Abstracts. He conducts research from an Africanist lens, and teaches international relations theory, strategic and security studies, and security theory at the University of Pretoria. His research interests include African soft power politics, peace and conflict studies, women and political representation in Africa, rethinking state formation in Africa, human factor development, African immigration to South Africa and the science and practice of politics in a digital era. A C2 rated researcher by the National Research Foundation of South Africa, Prof Isike has over 50 publications in top national and international peer-reviewed journals including chapters in books published by reputable publishing houses globally. He consults for the UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government on gender equality and women empowerment issues in the South Africa. In 2020, he was appointed by the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture as a Social Cohesion Advocate of South Africa.


  • –present
    Professor of African Politics and International Relations , University of Pretoria


  • 2010 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, PhD Political Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Professor of African Politics and International Relations
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation