Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Dr Alexander Beresford

Lecturer in the Politics of African Development

I joined POLIS in 2011 after completing my doctorate in the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I currently edit Critical African Studies and I’m on the editorial board of the Review of African Political Economy and the Journal of Southern African Studies.

I am a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg.

I lead the level two module ‘State and Politics in Africa’ and the level three module ‘Violence and Reconciliation in Africa’.

Research Interests

My research interests include: South African politics, the international political economy of labour, populism, South African foreign policy and neopatrimonial politics. My thesis examined the relationship between class and nationalist politics in South Africa and, in particular, the relationship between the trade unions and the ANC.

My current work explores internal politics within the ANC and also South Africa’s response to the NATO intervention in Libya.

I have blogged on the African Arguments website and The Conversation and can be followed on Twitter: @A_Beresford

I have recently edited a special issue of the Review of African Political Economy looking at the legacies of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.


I teach on the following undergraduate modules:

  • State and Politics in Africa
  • Violence and Reconciliation in Africa
  • Global Inequalities and Development

    PhD Supervision

    I welcome proposals in the areas of:

    • African politics
    • African political economy
    • South African politics and society
    • China in Africa
    • Labour and globalisation

    Key Publications


    Media Contact Areas

    • South African politics

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