I am a writer and academic based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I work at the University of the Witwatersrand, where I am an Associate Professor in the Media Studies department.

I have an interdisciplinary PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, part of Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Masters in Critical Theory from Sussex University. My current research is concerned with race and anxiety in the media, with a particular interest in whiteness. I also write and teach on gender, popular culture, digital media, moral panic, social geography and critical pedagogy.

I am a Fellow of the African Humanities Programme and have been a resident at the Rockefeller Bellagio Centre. In 2016 I received a Friedel Sellschop award from Wits University. I have been awarded a Thuthuka¬†fellowship from the National Research Foundation (NRF) as well as research grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of London. In 2017 I received the NRF’s Research Excellence Award for emerging researchers. I have also been awarded a Y1 rating by the NRF. I have been a visiting scholar at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (2014), Sussex University in the UK (2019) and UNAM in Mexico (2020).

I have written for and spoken in print and broadcast media in South Africa and internationally, discussing questions of race, gender and social justice. My work on the late apartheid satanism scare has appeared as far afield as Vice magazine, The Conversation, the Daily Maverick and the Sound Africa podcast.

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