Crain Soudien

Crain Soudien
Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)

Bio and Research Interest

Professor Crain Soudien is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council and formerly a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. He is a joint professor in Education and African Studies. He has published over 190 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture. He is also the co-editor of three books. He was educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo

Recent Positions and honors

Extraordinary Professor, Department Of Humanities Education, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, SA

Fellow of the Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research, University of Alberta, Canada

Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, University of Stellenbosch, SA

Honorary Professor affiliated to the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Engagement, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, SA


State University of Buffalo at NY, 1996


Soudien, C. Realising the Dream: Unlearning the Logic of Race in the South African School. Cape Town: HSRC Press. (Book)

Soudien, C. (2016) The struggle to reform the state of South Africa's education: the post-apartheid experience. In: Tomlinson-Clarke, S.M. & Clarke, D.L. (eds).Social justice and transformative learning: culture and identity in the United States and South Africa. New York, USA: Routledge. 72-91. (Book Chapter)

Soudien, C. Coming to self-awareness- in search of an education for non-violence. In Pedagogy Culture and Society Vol 23 (3). Page 331-348.

Soudien, C. Nelson Mandela, Robben Island and the imagination of a new South Africa. In Journal of Southern African Studies Vol 41 (2). Page 353-366.

Soudien, C. A politics of intellectual engagement: Six key debates. Education as change. Vol. 17 (2), pp 165-179.

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