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Sally Matthews

Name: Sally Matthews
Phone: + 27 (0) 46 603 8353
Email: S.Matthews@ru.ac.za

BA, MA (Pretoria), PhD (Birmingham)

Sally Matthews

Sally Matthews is a senior lecturer in the department, with research and teaching interests in comparative politics, African studies and development studies.


I have prepared an online teaching portfolio outlining my teaching philosophy and giving further details about my teaching. This portfolio was prepared in fulfilment of my studies towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education. The portfolio is available here.

I teach the following courses:

        • Introduction to Comparative Politics to first year students;
        • African Studies to third year students;
        • Poverty and Privilege to post-graduate students; and
        • African Political Economy to post-graduate students.

All my teaching material is available to Rhodes students on RUconnected. I am happy to share teaching resources and ideas with colleagues and students from elsewhere. If you are interested in knowing more about the above courses, please contact me directly.


My current research focuses on the relationship between poverty, privilege and social justice. Recent articles explore the operation of privilege in social justice struggles, NGO work and anti-racist efforts. I am also currently researching the topic of institutional culture in higher education institutions in South Africa, particularly with regard to the operation of white privilege in such institutions. More generally, my research interests are focused on the politics of development, African political economy and social theory.

I currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Contemporary Studies and of Studies in Social Justice

More about my research can be found on my ResearchGate page and Academia page. My Orcid ID is http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7635-3908.


This is a list of my publications since 2010. Please consult my ResearchGate or Academia pages for earlier publications.

Matthews, S. (2018, forthcoming) 'Alternatives to Development in Africa'. In Recentering Africa in International Relations: Beyond Lack, Peripherality, and Failure, edited by M. Iniguez de Heredia and Z. Wai. Palgrave.

Matthews, S. (2018, forthcoming) Confronting the Colonial Library: Teaching Political Studies Amidst Calls for a Decolonised Curriculum, Politikon, DOI:10.1080/02589346.2018.1418204

Matthews, S. (2018, forthcoming) Review of On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa, by Allison Goebel, International Feminist Journal of Politics, DOI:10.1080/14616742.2017.1400210.

Matthews, S. (ed.) (2017) NGOs and Social Justice in South Africa and Beyond. Durban: UKZN Press.

Matthews, S. (2017) Colonised minds? Post-development theory and the desirability of development in Africa, Third World Quarterly, 38(12): 2650-2663. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2017)  Privilege, Poverty and Pedagogy: reflections on the introduction of a service-learning component into a postgraduate political studies course. Educational Research for Social Change, 6(2):45-59. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2016) Review of Aram Ziai’s Development Discourse and Global History: From Colonialism to the Sustainable Development Goals. Journal of Development Studies, 52(6):912-914.

Matthews, S. (2016) Reflections on Teaching Africa in South Africa, Politics 36(4): 467–481. Available here.

Tabensky, P. and Matthews, S. (eds) (2015) Being At Home: Race, Institutional Culture And Transformation At South African Higher Education Institutions, Durban: UKZN Press.

Msomi, Z. and Matthews, S. (2015) Protecting indigenous knowledge using intellectual property rights law: the Masakhane Pelargonium case. Africanus 45(1):71-86. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2015) Shifting White Identities in South Africa: White Africans and the Struggle for Racial Justice. Phronimon 16(2):112-129. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2015) Privilege, Solidarity and Social Justice Struggles in South Africa: a view from Grahamstown. Transformation: critical perspectives on southern Africa, issue 88. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2013) What's an everyday campaign on GBV? Gender Links News Service. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2013) Reflections on the Appropriate Use of Unjustly Conferred Privilege. Theoria, no. 135. Available here. An earlier, unpublished version is available here.

Matthews, S. (2012) White Anti-Racism in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Politikon, 39(2):171-188. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2011) Becoming African: Debating Post-Apartheid White South African Identity. African Identities, 9(1):1-18. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2011) Review of Pierre Englebert’s Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, Sorrow. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 29(2):238-241. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) Teaching and Researching Africa in an “engaged way”: the possibilities and limitations of community engagement. Journal of Higher Education in Africa, 8, no. 1&2. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) Post-development. International Studies Encyclopedia, edited by R.A. Denemark. Blackwell-Wiley. Information on this publication available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) The Ambivalence of African Elitehood. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 45(2):170-18. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) Differing Interpretations of Reconciliation in South Africa: a Discussion of the Home for All Campaign. Transformation vol. 74:1-22. Available here.




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