Christi van der Westhuizen, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, leads the research programme at CANRAD. As transdisciplinary scholar interested in identities, differences, ideologies and discourses with a focus on (post)apartheid South Africa, she has published widely, both academically and popularly. Christi has held research associateships with the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, Free State University, and the Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town, and previously worked as Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. She has served on several global initiatives, including as an expert on globalisation and gender on a project for the World Communion of Reformed Churches, and on a high-level fact-finding mission to Palestine. Her working life started at the anti-apartheid weekly newspaper Vrye Weekblad and she has worked as Political Correspondent in Parliament and as Associate Editor in online media. She is a regular public speaker and columnist, and her public scholarship has featured in local and international radio, TV, print and online media.


2017, Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa (UKZN Press).

2007, White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party (Zebra Press).

Journal articles and book chapters:

Recent articles and chapters on femininities and whiteness include contributions to African Studies and Critical Philosophy of Race, and to The Intersections of Whiteness (2019, Routledge) and Gender Under Construction. Femininities and Masculinities in Context (2018, Brill). Writing on democracy and transformation includes The End of the Representative State? Democracy at the Crossroads (2016, Nomos) and Transforming Transformation in Research and Teaching at South African Universities (2018, African SUN Media).

Selected popular writing:

2014, Working Democracy: Perspectives on South Africa’s Parliament at 20 Years (OSF).

2018, ‘To Womb it May Concern’ in J Watson and A Gouws (eds.) Nasty Women Talk Back – Feminist Essays on the Global Women’s Marches (Imbali).