Dr Matshanda teaches International Relations and African Politics at UWC. She has a BA Honours degree, a Masters in International Relations and a PhD in African Studies. Dr Matshanda's research broadly focuses on how we view and understand the post-colonial state in Africa. Specifically it expands our understanding of the Horn of Africa. She is interested in contemporary processes of state formation and in the international relations of the Horn of Africa. Her research also highlights and seeks to answer some unfinished questions of sovereignty in the post-colonial period. For her doctoral thesis Dr Matshanda conducted extensive field research in Ethiopia and in Somaliland.