BA, MA (Pretoria), PhD (Birmingham)
Sally Matthews is a senior lecturer in the department, with research and teaching interests in comparative politics, African studies and development studies.
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 teach the following courses:
All her teaching material is available to Rhodes students on RUconnected. She is 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 her directly.
Matthews, S. 2017. Colonised minds? Post-development theory and the desirability of development in Africa, Third World Quarterly, early online version available here.
Matthews, S. (ed.) (2017) NGOs and Social Justice in South Africa and Beyond. Durban: UKZN Press.
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.
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.
Tabensky, P. and Matthews, S. (2015) Being At Home: Race, Institutional Culture And Transformation At South African Higher Education Institutions, Durban: UKZN Press.
Matthews, S. (2013) What's an everyday campaign on GBV? Gender Links News Service. 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.