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Darlene Ajeet Miller

Dr. Darlene Miller lectures in the Political Economy of Development and Qualitative Research Methods at the Wits School of Governance (WSG). After taking up the position of National Education Coordinator for SACCAWU, a food and retail trade union in the 1990s, she became the Director of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA), a research and training non-profit based in Witwatersrand (Gauteng). She completed a Doctorate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US under Professors David Harvey and Giovanni Arrighi. She was also the Bloomberg Fellow at Human Rights Watch (Africa Division, New York). Prior to joining the Wits School of Governance, she was Senior Advisor to the President of the International Science Council (Paris/Human Sciences Research Council, SA) and a Senior Researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council. She initiated a series of “Green Leadership Schools” in recent years which explored the indigenization of university education in South Africa. Her recent work includes research and amateur documentaries on women’s leadership, land grabs in Southern Africa, and indigenous food gardeners in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2004 
    Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. Sociology