Proffesor Pumla Dineo Gqola

Director for Centre for Women and Gender Studies

Professor Gqola holds a Doctor of Philosophy (magna cum laude) in Post-Colonial Studies from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen in Germany. She holds two Masters of Arts Degree in Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature with the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and the other was obtained in the University of Cape Town in 2000. Prof Gqola is a full professor in Literature, with specific focus on African feminism, African literature, Race, Class and Gender, and Histories of Slavery.

At the end of 2020, Gqola would have authored more than six single authored books, five Journal Special Issues and magazines. She is a towering feminist scholar with 35 accredited research outputs and book chapters while graduating a number of postgraduate students within the African feminist studies.  Prof Gqola’s recent book “Rape: a South African Nightmare” is the winner of the 2016 Sunday Times, Alan Paton Award and one of the most read and well-circulated books on Rape today.

In 2019, she was appointed to the DHET Ministerial Task Team to advice on matters relating to sexual harassment and gender-based violence (GBV) in public universities in South Africa.  She has served as Dean of Research at University Fort Hare, a former HOD of African Literature Department at Wits University between and full time Professor of African Literature.