Thembisa Waetjen

Associate Professor of History, University of Johannesburg

Thembisa Waetjen is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History at the University of Johannesburg. Her current research is on twentieth century social and political histories of pharmaceuticals and intoxicants in South Africa. She published a policy-focused edited book, Opioids in South Africa: Towards a Policy of Harm Reduction (HSRC, 2019) which showcases multidisciplinary perspectives on drug policy reform in the current moment.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Historical Studies, University of Johannesburg