Dr Matshanda teaches International Political Dynamics and Comparative Area Politics. She has a BA Honours degree from the University of the Western Cape, a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand and a PhD in African Studies from Edinburgh University. Dr Matshanda's research interests are on post-colonial processes of state formation in Africa and Africa’s international relations. She is especially interested in local conceptions and articulations of statehood in the Horn of Africa. For her doctoral thesis, Dr Matshanda conducted extensive field research in Ethiopia where she examined the evolution of statehood by looking at the relationship between state projects of territorialisation and people's experiences of these in eastern Ethiopia.