“We’re watching you with interest”: Reflections of a black law professor

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This perspective piece documents my experiences and perceptions as a black Associate Professor of Law at a historically white institution of higher learning. It takes into account my intersectionality of gender, race, culture and religion as an innate and organic feature of my experiences and perceptions. How do I stop being ‘watched with interest’, stop being presumed incompetent, and stop trying to be an academic superstar because of my gendered, black, religious body? In this perspective I reflect on my experiences and perceptions using intersectionality theory to open and continue my ongoing engagement with the following question: How do we transform institutions of higher education in South Africa, particularly for black women?.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-70
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • black female academic
  • institutions of higher learning
  • intersectionality
  • transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies


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