Alecia Ndlovu


 Room 5.26, Robert Leslie Social 


What makes you interesting?

I love soccer so much that I applied to volunteer as an accreditation officer for the 2010 FIFA world cup. I got to meet many football legends such as Zinedine Zidane and watched the likes of Lionel Messi play from the sideline.

  • Roles

    • Politics Department Undergraduate Committee
    •  Research and Collaborations Committee 
    • Departmental Representative to Senate
    • Management Committee: Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa ·
    • Humanities Faculty Transformation Committee
  • Biography

    Alecia Ndlovu is currently completing her PhD in International Relations at Wits University. Ndlovu has a BA in Applied Economics and International Relations, as well as an MA (with distinction) in International Relations, for which she won the Wits School of Social Sciences Research Award. Ndlovu’s PhD thesis combines cross-national statistical research and fieldwork in four African countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia). Her fieldwork was supported by a Carnegie fellowship from the Global Change Institute at Wits as well as the SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program in New York. Ndlovu’s research and teaching interests are in political economy, politics and governance in Africa, comparative politics, and quantitative research methods. Her teaching experience covers both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and includes UCT, Wits, and short courses in Ghana and Mozambique.

  • External Appointments

    International Steering Committee Member: African Social Research Initiative (ASRI), University of Michigan, African Studies Center

  • Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact

    Research Interests

    • Political economy of development
    • Governance of Africa’s natural resources
    • Political institutions and party systems in Africa
    • Quantitative research methods
    • Politics and governance in Africa

    Current Research Activities:

    • PhD research Title: Sustaining the unsustainable? Political institutions and development in sub-Saharan Africa’s resource economies. My PhD research combines cross-national statistical analysis with field research in four African countries -- Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia. I am investigating the effects of political institutions and party systems on the inclusiveness and sustainability of development in resource-rich African countries.
  • Teaching

    Undergraduate teaching:

    POL2039F: Politics of International Economic Relations

    Postgraduate teaching:

    POL4035S/POL5032S: International Political Economy

    POL5035F: Data analysis in Political Science: Quantitative

  • Postgrad Supervision

    I supervise in the following fields:

    • Comparative politics
    • International/comparative political economy
    • Quantitative research methods
    • Politics and governance in Africa
    • International Relations