Dr. Siphokazi Magadla (Head of Deparment)

Email: S.Magadla@ru.ac.za    
BA Hons (RU), MA (OHIO), PhD (RU)

Profile picture Dr Siphokazi MagadlaBIOGRAPHY:

Dr Siphokazi Magadla is from Ludaka in Ngqeleni. She joined the department in 2011 as a lecturer and now senior lecturer. She holds a doctorate in Political and International Studies from Rhodes University (2017). Her PhD examined women’s role in the armed struggle and their participation in the state assisted demobilisation and integration into civilian life in post-apartheid South Africa.  She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, USA (2008 – 2010). She worked previously as a research consultant for the Security Sector Governance programme of the Institute for Security Studies, focusing on the role of women in peace and security. She was a fellow of the Social Science Research Council's Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program (2013-2014), which she currently serves as a mentor since 2017. She is the former co-chairperson of the Rhodes University Women’s Academic Solidarity Association (WASA). She is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS). In 2018, she served in the Presidential High-Level Review Panel of the State Security Agency. She was awarded the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018. She is the recipient of the Rhodes University Andrew Mellon Inclusive Professoriate grant (2018 – 2021).





  • War and militarism in Africa
  • The armed struggle in South Africa
  • Ex-combatant demobilisation, disarmament, and reintegration processes in Africa
  • African feminisms, gender, and citizenship
  • South African foreign policy




  • Magadla, S., Magoqwana,B., & Motsemme, N.(2021). Thirty years of Male Daughters, Female Husbands: revisiting Ifi Amadiume's question on gender, sex, and political economy. Journal of Contemporary African Studies,39 (3).DOI:10.1080/02589001.2021.1926442
  • Magadla, S.,Magoqwana, B., Motsemme, N.,& Mohoto, L. (2021). Sex, gender and Uvalo/Letswalo centered spirituality: in conversation with Gogo Mapitsi Mohoto. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 39(3). DOI:10.1080/02589001.2021.1909711 
  • Magadla, S. (2021). The lives of women ex-combatants in post-apartheid South Africa. In: Brewer, J., Wahidin, A. (eds) Ex-Combatant Voices: Transitioning from War to Peace in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-61566-6
  • Magadla, S. (2021). Bridging through “women’s work”: African women and men chasing the rise of China. International Feminist Journal of Politics. DOI: 10.1080/14616742.2020.1863158
  • Magadla S. (2020). Theorizing African women and girls in combat. In: Yacob-Haliso O., Falola T. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77030-7_86-1
  • Magadla, S., Cornell, N. (2019). The foreign policy legacies of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane: Institutionalising Pan-Africanist visions and economic diplomacy. In: Masters, L., van Wyk, J (eds) South African Foreign Policy Review Vol. 3.  Pretoria: HSRC Press. ISBN: 978-0-7983-0527-3
  • Magadla, S. (2015). Women combatants and the liberation movements in South Africa: Guerrilla girls, combative mothers and the in-betweeners. African Security Review, 24(4), pp. 390-402.
  • Praeg, L., Magadla, S. (eds) (2014). Ubuntu: Curating the archive. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press.
  • Magadla, S., Chitando, E. (2014). The self become god: Ubuntu and the ‘scandal of manhood. In: Praeg, L., Magadla, S (eds) Ubuntu: Curating the archive. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press.
  • Magadla, S. (2013). The personal is the international: for black girls who've considered politics when being strong isn't enough". Politikon, 40, (3), pp. 585-596.
  • Godwyll, F, E., Magadla, S. (2012). Educating postconflict societies: Lessons from Rwanda and Liberia. In: Ensor, M. O (ed) African Childhoods:  Education, Development, Peacebuilding, and the Youngest Continent. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137024701
  • Magadla, S. (2011). The Super-diplomat: Thabo Mbeki's African Renaissance and South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010. Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports. Vol 7, Fall.
  • Magadla, S. (2010). Reflections on the African World Cup: ‘make the circle bigger. Impumelelo The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports Vol 6, Fall.

Book Reviews

  • Magadla, S. (2019). From the Outside In: Domestic Actors and South Africa’s Foreign Policy, South African Journal of International Affairs, 26:2, 307-309, DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2019.1610042
  • Magadla, S. (2017). Democratic South Africa Foreign Policy: Voting Behaviour in the United Nations. South African Journal of International Affairs, 24(3), pp. 417–418. DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2017.1361863
  • Magadla, S. (2015). Global Governance and the New Wars: The Merging of Development and Security. Politikon, 42 (1), pp. 151 – 153. DOI: 10.1080/02589346.2015.1008676
  • Magadla, S. (2015). Book review: A Renegade called Simphiwe: The Wounded Hero. Journal of African and Asian Studies, pp.382-383. DOI: 10.1177/0021909614533638
  • Magadla, S. (2014). Community of insecurity: SADC's struggle for peace and security in Southern Africa. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 32:2, pp 275-277.  DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2014.936174



Selected media publications 


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