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Name: Mthobeli Ngcongo
Location: B-Ring 604 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Dr Mthobeli Ngcongo

Mthobeli is a Senior lecturer in the Communication and Media Department where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate cohorts. With over a decade of teaching and research experience, Mthobeli has maintained a high graduate throughput and consistent publication profile. He holds a Doctoral degree in Communication Theory specializing in Intimate Interpersonal communication and Relational Dialectics. Mthobeli has headed NRF funded projects including the DST Innovation Award, Black Academic Advancement Program (BAAP) and Thuthuka Grants. His research interests include; reality dating television, love themed media texts and audience reception as well as participation, relational dialectics in intimate communication, impression management, similarity and difference in intimate contexts, critical media production, multimodal critical discourse analysis.
Selected Publications
• Ngcongo, M. (2024). Exploring the Virtual Culture of Reality Television Communities: Lessons From #Date My Family. Television & New Media, 25(1), 19-40.
• Ngcongo, M. (2023). Family aid in finding love through beneficial impression management on reality TV: the case for representational social exchange. South African Review of Sociology.
• Ngcongo, M. (2023). Playing by the rules: The management of WhatsApp surveillance among romantically involved mobile phone users at a South African University. Journal of African Media Studies.
• Ngcongo, M. (2022). To Tell or Not to Tell? Interracial Romantic Couples’ Management of Social Network Influence. Marriage & Family Review, 58:5, 471-493, DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2021.1988030
• Ngcongo, M. (2021). Re-imagining the surveillance power of the close social network on interracial couples. Journal of Family Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2021.1908158
• Ngcongo, M & Fekisi, L. (2019). Returning to our roots: looking at Date My Family through an African conceptual lens. Communitas, 24:1-13.