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Research director at Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra), Visiting Professor and Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand

Susan Booysen is the Director of Research at (Mistra), Visiting Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of several books on the African National Congress (ANC), including The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power (2011) and The ANC’s March on Mangaung (2012). She edited Local Elections in South Africa: Parties, people, politics (2012) and co-edited Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa, 1989-2009: 20 years of multiparty democracy (2009) with Denis Kadima.

Booysen is a past president of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) and serves on the editorial board of the South African Journal of Political Studies, Politikon. She started her academic career at the University of Johannesburg in its ‘RAU days’, then moved to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University before joining Wits in 2005.

She holds a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of Johannesburg. She obtained both her Masters and Honours degrees cum laude. She has held some major research fellowships, including a post-doctoral fellowship at the Southern African Research Program (SARP) at Yale University.

Booysen has published a wide range of refereed academic articles in national and international journals, chapters in books, and monographs. These publications focus on South and Southern Africa, with the specific focus on issues of politics, power, and policy.


  • –present
    Professor in the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand