Amanda Gouws is Professor of Political Science at Stellenbosch University and holds a PhD from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in the USA. Her co-authored book with James Gibson, Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa: Experiments in Democratic Persuasion (2003) was awarded the Alexander George Book Award for best book in Political Psychology in 2003.
Gouws has published widely on issues in South African Politics, with her research focusing on women and citizenship, the National Gender Machinery and representation. She is the editor of (Un)Thinking Citizenship: Feminist Debates in Contemporary South Africa. (UK: Ashgate and Cape Town: Juta, 2005), which was selected as “Book of the Month” in February 2007 by Constitution Hill, the seat of the Constitutional Court. She is a Board Member of the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town.