Name: Sally Matthews
Phone: + 27 (0) 46 603 8353
Qualifications: BA, MA (Pretoria), PhD (Birmingham)
Associate Professor and Head of Department
I joined the department in 2006 and have been HoD since mid-2018. I have an MA in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Phd in African Studies from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
I mostly teach introductory courses in political studies and courses on African Politics and African Political Economy.
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.
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 my teaching, please contact me directly.
I have published on a range of topics: development (particularly post-development theory), the politics of NGO work, service-learning and community engagement, higher education transformation and decolonisation, and race and privilege. These seemingly eclectic research interests are loosely held together by a general preoccupation with the question of whether and how the relatively privileged can contribute to struggles for social justice.
Matthews, S. (2021) Decolonising while white: confronting race in a South African classroom, Teaching in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2021.1914571.
Matthews, S. (2020) A Review of the South African Political Studies Curriculum in the Light of Current Debates on Decolonising the Curriculum. Politikon, 47:3, 321-341. https://doi.org/10.1080/02589346.2020.1796000
Matthews, S. (2019) Partnerships and Power: Community Partners’ Experiences of Service-Learning, Africanus, 49(1):1-18.
Matthews, S. (2019) ‘Decolonising University Curricula: Reflections on an Institutional Curriculum Review Process’. In L.Quinn (ed) Reimagining Curriculum: Spaces for Disruption. African Sun Media: Stellenbosch.
Matthews, S. (2018) '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) Confronting the Colonial Library: Teaching Political Studies Amidst Calls for a Decolonised Curriculum, Politikon, 45:1, 48-65, DOI: 10.1080/02589346.2018.1418204.
Matthews, S. (2018) Review of On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa, by Allison Goebel, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 20:1, 105-106, 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. (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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