Dr Siphokazi Magadla is a Senior Lecturer in the Political and International Studies department at Rhodes University. She joined the department in 2011. She worked previously as a research consultant for the Security Sector Governance programme of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, focusing on the role of women in peace and security. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political and International Studies and Journalism and Media Studies, and Honours in Political and International Studies from Rhodes University. She holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, USA. She is a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated with a PhD in 2017 at Rhodes University. Her PhD examined the state assisted integration of women ex-combatants into civilian life in post-apartheid South Africa.
She was a fellow of the Social Science Research Council's Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program in 2013-2014, which provided the funding for her doctoral research. She was previously a co-chairperson of the Rhodes University Women's Academic Solidarity Association, 2012 – 2013, and the Coordinator the Politics department Thinking Africa project, 2012 - 2013. She is the current Board member and Book Review Editor of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS). Since July 2017, she serves as a workshop facilitator of the Social Science Research Council's Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program.
In 2014, she published her first book, a co-edited volume with Leonhard Praeg, “Ubuntu: Curating the archive” (2014, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press). She has written for news platforms such as Mail and Guardian, Aljazeera, City Press, The Con Magazine and The South African Civil Society Information Service.