I am an advanced doctoral candidate at Princeton University, where I completed a Master of Arts in 2015. I anticipate defending my dissertation by January 2020, on a Dean's Completion Fellowship from the Graduate School. For the 2017-18 academic year I was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Fellow at the University Center for Human Values, and the Richard Stillwell ’21 ’24 and Agnes Newhall Stillwell Fellow in the Department of History. Previously I completed a Master of Arts degree, with distinction, as UNESCO Fellow at the University of Connecticut. I hold a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours degree (each with distinction) from Rhodes University and studied towards a Master of Science degree at Bangalore University on a Government of India scholarship.
I spent most of my professional life in South Africa, where I worked in the Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science, and Technology, including as its Director and Program Manager, under South African Presidents Mandela and then Mbeki. As speech writer for the Minister and Deputy-Minister, I developed and implemented national media and public outreach programs and engaged closely with evolving arts and culture and science and technology policy and institutions in the post-apartheid period. I also worked in the private sector, with non-profit organizations, as an independent consultant, and was the ghostwriter and researcher for Memoirs by Ahmed Kathrada, Nelson Mandela’s Parliamentary Counsellor. This book was republished as No Bread for Mandela in the United States.
Kathrada, A. M. Memoirs. Cape Town: Zebra Press, 2004.
Kathrada, A. M. No Bread for Mandela: Memoirs of Ahmed Kathrada, Prisoner No. 468/64. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.
"Negar la sucesión temporal, negar el yo, negar el universo astronómico, son desesperaciones aparentes y consuelos secretos. Nuestro destino no es espantoso por irreal: es espantoso porque es irreversible y de hierro. El tiempo es la sustancia de que estoy hecho. El tiempo es un río que me arrebata, pero yo soy el río; es un tigre que me destroza, pero yo soy el tigre; es un fuego que me consume, pero yo soy el fuego. El mundo desgraciadamente es real; yo, desgraciadamente, soy Borges."
[Denying temporal succession, denying the self, denying the astronomical universe, are apparent desperations and secret consolations. Our destiny is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad. Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.]
—Jorge Luis Borges, Otras inquisiciones (Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1964) (Ruth.L.C. Simms translation)