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Prof Heidi Hudson
Dean: Humanities
Office of the Dean: Humanities
Office of the Dean: Humanities
IB 19
051 4012240
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 106

Short CV

Heidi Hudson is a Professor of International Relations (with a PhD in Strategic Studies) and former Director of the Centre for Africa Studies (2012-2018) at the University of the Free State. She is currently Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities. She specialises in feminist security studies, with a specific focus on Africa, obtained a B2-rating from the National Research Foundation and is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.  From 2011-2017, she was co-editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics, an interdisciplinary international journal that operates at the intersection of politics, international relations and women’s studies. She serves on several editorial boards, including International Feminist Journal of Politics, Civil WarsRevista Relaciones Internacionales, Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, and Politikon. Heidi Hudson was a member of the Committee on the Status of Women of the International Studies Association from 2016 to 2018 and is currently an Advisory Board member of the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council in New York. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Center of Excellence for Post-conflict Societies, hosted by the Institute of Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of the Addis Ababa University (2020).

During her career she has been awarded several fellowships, from among others, the Oslo Peace Research Institute (PRIO), the Nordic Africa Institute, the University of Calgary, and Fulbright. In 2018, she was the Claude Ake Visiting Chair, hosted by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and the Nordic Africa Institute. Over the years she has contributed several chapters in books and has published numerous articles in, among others, Africa Spectrum, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Peacekeeping, Security Dialogue, Security Studies, Peacebuilding, Politikon, and Politics & Gender. 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.




Publications (Short List)


Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, role-players, policy and practice (co-edited with Theo Neethling, Cape Town: UCT Press /United Nations University), 2013.

Selected journal articles 

Madsen, Diana & Heidi Hudson. Temporality and the discursive dynamics of the Rwandan National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security from 2009 and 2018. International Feminist Journal of Politics 22(4): 550-571.

The Power of Mixed Messages: Women, Peace, and Security Language in National Action Plans from Africa. Africa Spectrum 52(3): 2017 (3-29).

Decolonising Gender and Peacebuilding: Feminist Frontiers and Border Thinking in Africa. Peacebuilding 2016 4 (2): 194-209. Special Issue “Building Peace: Feminist Perspectives”.

(Re)framing the relationship between discourse and materiality in Feminist Security Studies and Feminist IPE. Politics & Gender June 2015, 11(2): 413-419.

Gendercidal Violence and the Technologies of Othering in Libya and Rwanda. Africa Insight June 2014, 44(1): 103-120.

A Double-edged Sword of Peace? Reflections on the Tension between Representation and protection in Gendering Liberal Peacebuilding. International Peacekeeping 2012, 19 (4): 443-460.

Inhabitants of interstices? Feminist analysis at the intersection of Peace Studies, Critical Security Studies and Human Security. Strategic Review for Southern Africa. XXXIII (2) November 2011: 26-50.

La violencia de la construcción de la paz neoliberal en África: analizando sus “trampa” a través de una lente de género / The violence of neoliberal peacebuilding in Africa: Analysing its ‘traps’ through a gender lens. Revista Relaciones Internacionales 16: February 2011.

Peacebuilding through a Gender Lens and the Challenges of Implementation in Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire. Security Studies 18, 2009: 287-318.

Selected chapters in books

Feminist Solution: One for all, all for one – taking collective responsibility for ending war and sustaining peace, in MacKenzie, M. and Wegner, N. (eds). Feminist Solutions for Ending War, Pluto (forthcoming).

When theory meets method: Feminist peace research in Africa and how to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange, in Rashid, I. and Niang, A. (eds). Research Peacebuilding in Africa: Theory, Field and Context. London & New York: Routledge, 2021: 38-55.

Close(d) Encounters: Feminist Security Studies Engages Feminist International Political Economy and the Return to Basics, in Elias, J. and Roberts, A. (eds). Handbook on International Political Economy of Gender Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2018: 127-141.

A double-edged sword of peace? Reflections on the tension between representation and protection in gendering liberal peacebuilding, in M. Turner & F.P. Kühn (eds). The Politics of International Intervention. London & New York: Routledge, 2016: 94-114.

Subversion of an ordinary kind: gender, security and everyday theory in Africa, in Paul-Henri Bischoff, Kwesi Aning and Amitav Acharya (eds). Africa in Global International Relations. Emerging approaches to theory and practice. London & New York: Routledge, 2016: 43-63.

Untangling the Gendering of the Security-Development Nexus, in Jackson, P. (ed.) Handbook of International Security and Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015: 47-63.

A bridge too far? The gender consequences of linking security and development in SSR discourse and practice, in Albrech Schnabel & Vanessa Farr (eds) Back to the Roots: Security Sector Reform and Development.

Courses Presented



T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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