Dr Heidi Brooks is a senior lecturer in Political and International Studies in the School of Social Sciences. She obtained her PhD in Political Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She also holds an MA in Political Studies from Wits University and a BA Honours in Development Studies from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
Heidi’s research interests lie in democracy and political history, democratic theory, South African politics, elections, state-civil society relations, dominant party systems, liberation movement histories, and policing and democracy. She has produced several publications on the history of democratic thought in the ANC, the 1980s ‘people’s power’ movement, participatory democracy in post-1994 South Africa, and police perceptions of popular protest. She undertakes ongoing research into conceptions of democracy amongst members of the South African Police Service. Heidi is also a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg.