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Xolela Mangcu



September 1, 2017 — May 28, 2018

Professional affiliation

Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Wilson Center Projects

Nelson Mandela: A Biography

Full Biography

Xolela Mangcu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. He is the winner of the Harry Oppenheimer Fellow, South Africa's most prestigious academic award. He was also an Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies at Harvard and the Emeka Anyaoku Fellow at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. Mangcu is the author and co-author of nine books. His biography of Steve Biko, "Biko: A Life", won the University of Cape Town's Meritorious Book Award (2014). South Africa's Sunday Times has described him as "possibly South Africa's most prolific public intellectual."

Major Publications