Prof Maxi Schoeman holds a PhD from the University of Wales (Aberystwyth). She joined UP in 2000 as professor and head of the Department of Political Sciences and currently also serves as chair of the Core Social Sciences Cluster in the Faculty of Humanities. She is a member of the University Council and an adjunct professor in the School for Public Policy at George Mason University in the United States.She has held research fellowships with Cambridge University (1995/96), the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (2001), the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (2009) and the Nordic Africa Institute (2009). She was recently awarded the 2014 Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the University of Uppsala, a position that she will take up in August this year. She has presented guest lectures and seminars at, amongst others, the universities of Copenhagen, Aalborg, Konstanz, Indiana and Beijing. She maintains close research ties with the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra. Prof Schoeman is a member of the Advisory Board of the African Peace Network of the Social Sciences Research Council in New York, deputy chairperson of the Institute for Global Dialogue and a trustee of the Institute for Security Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of several local and international journals in the field of international relations.
There's a marked difference between how South Africans and their government see themselves in relation to Africa, and how the continent perceives them