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Research Associates and Visiting Professors



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Dr Benjamin Isakhan
Is an Australian Research Council (DECRA) Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Citizenship and with the Centre for Comparative Social Research at Deakin University, Australia.  He is an expert on Iraqi politics. Dr Isakhan presented a seminar at the department in 2014.
 

    mDr Vincent Maphai
Retired in 2014. Since March 2009 up until his retirement he was the Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation at SAB Limited.  Previously he was Chairman of BHP Billiton Southern Africa. In 2010, he was appointed as one of the Commissioners on the National Planning Commission. He was also previously head of the Politics Department at UWC and chairperson of the South African Political Science Association.
 
   Prof Ian Spears
Is in Political Science and Development Studies at the University of Guelph in Canada. His research interests are on conflict resolution and state formation. He was a visiting professor in the department in 2014. 
  
  Prof Denis Venter
From August 2010 to June 2011 he was the Nelson Mandela Chair Professor in the Centre for African Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He founded the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. He was the founder President of the African Studies Association of South Africa (ASASA) and he has previously served as Vice-Chairman of the International African Institute (IAI).

 
Prof David Boucher
Is a Professor of Modern Political Theory and Assistant Head of School at Cardiff University. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre. He was a visiting professor in our department in 2014.
 
Dr Knight
Is a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are on distributive justice, global justice and cosmopolitanism. 
 
Professor Mervyn
Frost is a member of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He held lectureships at the University of Cape Town and at Rhodes University before being appointed to the Chair of Politics and Head of Department at the University of Natal in Durban. In 1996 he was appointed Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He is a former President of the South African Political Studies Association and editor of its journal Politikon.
  Stephanie Lawson
Is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. Her research interests encompass issues concerning culture, nationalism and democracy and combine comparative and normative approaches to the study of regional and world politics. She has particular expertise in Pacific Islands politics. She was a visiting professor in the department in 2014.