With this letter I hereby would like to state my motivation to be considered for the Emerging Scholar Representative on the ASA Board. I am a young female researcher doing doctoral studies at the University of Pretoria. My research interests are in political psychology, transitional justice, reconciliation and post-conflict recovery in Africa. Below is a summary of my contribution to society:
• Leadership: Actively involved in decision making committees at the university of Pretoria, for example the Transformation Committee under the Faculty of Humanities, which was established in 2013 with the task of addressing issues related to equity, equality, diversity and racism, given the apartheid history of the institution.
• Scholarly contributions: I am a Pan-African scholar who is dedicated to research on peacebuilding and conflict transformation in Africa. My writing includes journal articles, book chapters and short essays.
• Academic contribution: I serve in various teaching and administrative roles at the University of Pretoria, such as lecturing first year modules and supervising research work of honours students in the Department of Political Sciences.
• Awards and achievements: My scholarly work has received prestigious recognition such as the ASA Presidential Fellowship and the Africa Thesis Award.
• Fellowships: Social Science Research Council, National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS)-CODESRIA.
• Membership in professional associations: IAPSS, ASA, CODESRIA.
• Research projects: l have been involved in various research projects covering peacebuilding, transformation and social cohesion in Sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Mellon Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Africa Peacebuilding Network, CODESRIA and the UN Human Rights Commission.
My involvement in different activities listed above has equipped me to be an active contributor to the academy with the view of making lasting positive impact to the society. As a young scholar based in Africa, l have an understanding of some of the challenges faced by colleagues in trying to establish their careers. It is my desire therefore, to use my experiences to both motivate fellow colleagues and mitigate some of their challenges through serving as a representative of young scholars in the ASA Board of Directors.