Professor Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
Professor Adam Habib is an academic, an activist, an administrator, and a renowned political media commentator and columnist.
A Professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration expertise. His experience spans five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas; their translation into actionable initiatives; and the building of institutions.
Professor Habib is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, a position that he assumed with effect from the 1st of June 2013.
Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, Library and Faculty Coordination at the University of Johannesburg. He also served as the Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council and as a Research Director on Governance and Democracy. He has held several academic, research posts at the University of Natal, including serving as a Professor in the School of Development Studies and as Research Director of the Centre for Civil Society.
He was instrumental in transforming the University of Johannesburg following the nationwide mergers of tertiary institutions in 2005 and played a key role in increasing research output at UJ.
Professor Habib holds qualifications in Political Science from three universities including the University of Natal and Wits. He earned his masters and doctoral qualifications from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.
Transformation, democracy and development are fundamental themes of Professor Habib’s research. He is well-published and renowned as a key leader in higher education and political studies in South Africa and around the world.
Indeed, his latest book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, launched in August 2013, has already made huge waves both locally and internationally. The book focuses on the country’s transition into democracy and its prospects for inclusive development.