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Elke Zuern

Environmental Studies
Sarah Lawrence College
United States of America


AB, Colgate University. MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University. Research interests include social movements in new democracies, popular responses to poverty and inequality, violence in democratization processes, reparations, collective memory, memorials and reconciliation. Regional specialization: sub-Saharan Africa, with extensive fieldwork in South Africa and Namibia. Author of The Politics of Necessity: Community Organizing and Democracy in South Africa (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011). Recipient of a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Amherst College and a Lowenstein fellowship. Former Van Zyl Slabbert Chair at the University of Cape Town and Visiting Scholar at the University of Johannesburg. Articles published in Democratization, Comparative Politics, African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Politique Africaine, Transformation, and African Studies Review, among others. For more information: SLC, 2002–

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