Alumna Puleng Segalo Appointed the Chief Albert Luthuli Chair at the University of South Africa

June 2, 2021

Segalo, whose academic work pays attention to the need to curb global gender inequities, laid out her vision for her three-year appoinment.

Graduate Center alumna Puleng Segalo (Ph.D. '13, Psychology (Critical Social/Personality)) has been named the incumbent Chief Albert Luthuli Research Chair at the University of South Africa.

She completed her Graduate Center dissertation work under the mentorship of Distinguished Professor Michelle Fine (Psychology).

Segalo is currently an associate professor of psychology at the University of South Africa. Her work pays attention to the need of curbing global gender inequities.

In an article published by the University of South Africa, she described her vision for her new role: My vision borrows from the Akan people of Ghana's sacred ancestral notion of Sankofa, which calls on us to remember where we come from so that we can make meaning of where we are and where we hope to go in future."

She also laid out the following goals for her three-year appointment:

  • Creating platforms for interdisciplinary research projects: These include archiving of history, creating space that allows for the centering of indigenous knowledge systems, incorporating community knowledges in methodological approaches, and building research networks.

  • Establishing collaboration hubs: These will facilitate engagements between academics, students, activists, and grassroots or community members, and serve to host relevant events.

  • Building capacity: This will involve recruitment and supervision of master's and doctoral students, recruitment of research associates, and mentoring of post-doctoral fellows.

  • Ensuring sustainability: This will be done by sourcing external funding.

  • Encouraging engaged scholarship: The chair will be a safe space for relevant community work and projects, where community members can move freely with ease through the corridors of the university.