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David Jeffery-Schwikkard

PhD Candidate (Theology and Religious Studies), King's College London

I research religion and political parties. My dissertation explores how the African National Congress (ANC) navigates a secular state with a religious electorate in South Africa. I am currently a PhD candidate at King's College London, and a visiting researcher at Walter Sisulu University.


  • 2022–present
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, King's College London
  • 2021–present
    PhD candidate (Theology and Religious Studies), King's College London
  • 2019–2021
    Senior Consultant, Oxford Policy Management
  • 2016–2019
    Chief Executive Officer, Mikhulu Child Development Trust


  • 2015 
    Oxford University, MSc. Comparative and International Education
  • 2012 
    University of Cape Town, BSocSci. Politics, Philosophy, Economics


  • 2023
    Religion and political parties in South Africa: a framework and systematic review, Journal of Southern African Studies
  • 2022
    The COVID-19 pandemic and early childhood education in Ethiopia, Liberia, and Pakistan: perspectives of pre-primary school teachers, The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Childhood Education and Care
  • 2022
    Misalignment of policy priorities and financing for early childhood education: evidence from Ethiopia, Liberia, and Mainland Tanzania, International Journal of Educational Research
  • 2022
    Book review: The masks of the political God: religion and political parties in contemporary democracies, Religion, State and Society
  • 2019
    Whose fault is failure? Contested perspectives of academic support in tertiary educational institutions in South Africa, Research in Comparative and International Education

Professional Memberships

  • Political Studies Association