Prof Xolela Mangcu
Honorary Professor

Xolela Mangcu is Professor of Sociology and History, and Interim Director of Africana Studies at George Washington University, and an Honorary Professor in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University. He was previously professor of sociology at the University of Cape Town and held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The Brookings Institution, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is also the recipient of  the  2015 Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship.  Mangcu  obtained Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

He has authored and edited nine books, including Biko: A Life, which won the University of Cape Town’s Meritorious Award; The Meaning of Mandela (Essays by Wole Soyinka, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Cornel West); and Becoming Worthy Ancestors (Essays by Benedict Anderson, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martin Bernal). Mangcu is writing the first full-length biography of Nelson Mandela by an African scholar.