Suren Pillay, senior lecturer in political studies at the University of the Western Cape, has been seconded to the HSRC as a senior research specialist in the Democracy and Governance programme. He holds an MPhil in anthropology from Columbia University in New York, where he is also completing his PhD, and an MA in development studies (cum laude) at the University of the Western Cape.
His areas of research include the relationship between violence and state formation; the ways in which race, culture, and identity politics intersect in the fashioning of political communities, and developments in democracy and citizenship in postcolonial Africa.
Suren's publication record spans the authoring of a number of local and international journal articles and chapters in edited collections, and local and international conference presentations on youth and political violence in South Africa, death squads and state terror, the relationship between combatant and civilian deaths in wars, and the relationship between race, culture and minority rights in liberal democracies. Suren is also a regular contributor of articles to the popular press.
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