Current Holder (2018)

Professor Heidi Hudson is the 2018 Claude Ake Visiting Chair jointly hosted by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI). 

Heidi Hudson is a Professor of International Relations, Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities and former Director of the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She specialises in feminist security studies, with a specific focus on Africa. Her current research interests concentrate on discursive and material dynamics of peacebuilding in the postcolony, as well as the development of Africa-focused posthuman security approaches. In 2018, she was awarded a SARChI Chair in Human and Posthuman Security Studies in Africa by the National Research Foundation but could not accept due to having already accepted the Deanship. Until recently, she was a member of the Committee on the Status of Women of the International Studies Association (ISA) and a Global Fellow of the Oslo Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Norway. She is also an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

From 2011-2017, she was co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics – an interdisciplinary international journal that operates at the intersection of politics, international relations and women’s studies. She is currently an Advisory Board member of the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council in New York, and a former recipient of an African Researcher fellowship from the Nordic Africa Institute (2006).

Heidi Hudson serves on several editorial boards, including International Feminist Journal of Politics (senior advisor), International Peacekeeping, Civil Wars, Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, The Australasian Review of African Studies, and Politikon. Heidi has published articles in, among others, Africa Spectrum, Peacebuilding, Security Dialogue, Security Studies, Politics & Gender, International Peacekeeping, and African Security Review. She is co-editor and co-author of Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, role-players, policy and practice (UCT Press, 2013), with Theo Neethling.