Gouws is Professor of Political
Science and holds a PhD from the University of Illinois in
Urbana-Champaign in the USA. Her fields of specialisation are South
African Politics and Gender Politics and Political Behavior. Her
co-authored book with James Gibson from Washington University St Louis, Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa: Experiments in Democratic Persuasion (Cambridge
University Press, 2003) was awarded the Alexander George Book Award for
best book in Political Psychology in 2003. In 2004 she received the
Rector’s Award for Excellence in Research. She has published widely on
issues in South African Politics. Presently her research focuses on
women and citizenship, the National Gender Machinery and representation.
She is the editor of (Un)Thinking Citizenship: Feminist Debates in Contemporary South Africa. (UK:
Ashgate and Cape Town: Juta, 2005). This book was selected as "Book of
the Month" in February 2007 by Constitution Hill, the seat of the
Constitutional Court. In 2007 she was the Edith Keeger Wolf
Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, USA. In
April 2011 she was a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Centre in
Bellagio, Italy, where she is working on a book on women's politics and
the women’s movement in South Africa since 1994. She is a Board Member
of the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town.
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