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Research Professor, UFS History Department, University of the Free State

Saleem Badat is research professor in the History Department at the University of the Free State. He was previously research professor in the College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the former vice-chancellor of the university currently known as Rhodes University and was the first chief executive officer of the Council on Higher Education. Between 2014 and 2018, he was the programme director of International Higher Education and Strategic Projects at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York. Badat’s books include The Forgotten People: Political Banishment Under Apartheid, Black Student Politics: Higher Education and Apartheid, and Black Man, You are on Your Own; the co-authored National Policy and a Regional Response in South African Higher Education, and the co-edited Apartheid Education and Popular Struggles in South Africa. His book chapters, journal articles, policy reports and newspaper opinion pieces concern questions of equity, redress and social justice in and through universities, and the decolonisation and transformation of universities in colonised societies.


  • –present
    Research Professor of History, University of the Free State


Honorary doctorates from the universities of the Free State, York and Rhodes; 2023 USAF/HSRC award for social justice research