Hlonipha Mokoena is currently an Associate Professor at WISER and Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities. Before June 2015 she worked in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University. She is the author of Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual and has a strong research interest in South African intellectual history. Her new research is on the figure of the Zulu policeman, which she explores across the visual historical archive. Hlonipha is a multitalented public intellectual, well known for her work in many different parts of the world, and very strongly placed to both write and speak about the complex entanglements as well as the striking differences between South African and US cultures.
Photo credit: Ellen Eisenman.
Photographs by Lisa King