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Cape Town

Meet the Cape Town Faculty





Classes offered through the Cape Town Program are taught by local faculty, the Center Director and Service-Learning Coordinator, and by one Stanford Faculty-in-Residence per quarter. Many professors hold regular appointments at Cape Town universities or have served in prominent positions in local governments, policy organizations, or research institutes. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Faculty-in-Residence

Winter 2012-13 Chris Edwards Mechanical Engineering
Spring 2012-13 Robert Siegel

Microbiology and Immunology

African Studies

Winter 2013-14 H. Samy Alim School of Education
Spring 2013-14 Aliya Saperstein Sociology

Local Faculty

Mohamed Adhikari

Mohamed Adhikari is Associate Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. His teaching has focused on African, South African and economic history, and more recently on African genocide and its racial elements. His scholarship focuses on racial identity in South Africa’s coloured society and colonialism and genocide.

Stephan Klingebiel

Stephan Klingebiel is Department Head (Bilateral and Multilateral Development Cooperation) of the German Development Institute, one of the leading think tanks on development in Europe. From mid-2007 to mid-2011 he was director of the KfW Bankengruppe (Banking Group) office in Kigali, Rwanda dealing with development cooperation issues. His research and university teaching focuses on development policy, political economy and governance issues in Africa, and crisis prevention and conflict management.

Janice McMillan

Janice McMillan is Service-Learning Coordinator for the Cape Town Program and Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town where she lectures in adult education and consults with academic departments on service-learning curriculum and staff development. In 2010 Janice initiated UCT Global Citizenship: Learning for Social Justice, a seminar program focused on ‘global citizenship’, leadership, and social justice.

Sophie Oldfield

Sophie Oldfield is a human geographer and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on urban social and political change, community and social movement politics, state restructuring, and most recently on research praxis, politics and the production of urban knowledge in the South African context. She teaches development and urban geography.

John Parkington

John Parkington is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. His research and teaching interests include hunter gathers, southern African prehistory, human ecology and palaeoenvironments, archaeological method and theory, prehistoric rock art, and coastal archaeology. John is founding trustee of the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project, a community-based initiative to create jobs and community education through practical utilization of archaeological research.

Chris Saunders

Chris Saunders is Emeritus Professor in Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. His teaching and research have focused on African, South African, Namibian and American History. Recent publications have examined South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and liberation struggles in Southern Africa.

Mary Simons

Mary Simons is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her teaching and research focus on developmental local government, the NGO sector, urbanization and poverty, conflict resolution, and third world comparative politics.

Tim Stanton

Tim Stanton is Director of the Cape Town program. Prior to joining BOSP he directed the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health and Public Service at Stanford’s School of Medicine. He served as Associate Director and Director of the Haas Center for Public Service from 1985-1999. He has taught in African Studies, American Studies, Education, Medicine, Public Policy, and Urban Studies. He has published frequently on service-learning and engaged scholarship.

Nolu Tyam

Nolu Tyam is Language Lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town where she teaches Xhosa and provides translation assistance.