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Director, AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town

Rebecca Hodes is the Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit at the University of Cape Town's Centre for Social Science Research. She is also an Honourary Affiliate of Oxford University's Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Hodes has a D.Phil in the History of Medicine and African Studies, and an M.Sc in the History of Medicine, Science and Technology, from Oxford University. Her undergraduate degrees are from Rhodes University. Hodes's current interests are on science, race and sex in South Africa. Her most recent research focuses on sexualities education, pictograms for public health, and risk and resilience among HIV-positive adolescent parents. Hodes is a regular contributor to the 'Daily Maverick', South Africa's largest independent news source. Hodes receives financial support from the Medicines Research Council, UK (under the UKRI), the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, South Africa, and from the Human Sciences Research Council and Medical Research Council, South Africa. She has been supported in the past by Evidence for HIV Prevention in Southern Africa; the Nuffield Foundation; Janssen Pharmaceutica; the African Humanities Program (sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation), the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research, and by South Africa's National Research Foundation.


  • 2014–2020
    Director, AIDS and Society Research Unit


  • 2010 
    Oxford University, D.Phil
  • 2007 
    Oxford University, M.Sc
  • 2004 
    Rhodes University, B.A.Hons
  • 2003 
    Rhodes University, B.A.