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Victoria Graham

Senior Lecturer: International Studies, School of Social Science

Email: victoria.graham@monash.edu

Tel: +27 11 950 4301

Fax: +27 11 950 4088

Qualifications
  • Honours Degree: Politics with Journalism (cum laude)
  • UJ Masters Degree: Political Studies – dissertation (cum laude) UJ
  • D Litt et Phil (Political Studies) UJ
Achievements
Research:
  • A one month mobility grant from the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) to conduct research in Luxembourg and Florence in mid-2010.
  • 2014 Stephen P. Koff Prize awarded by the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) for my PhD thesis entitled “Assessing the Quality of Democracy in South Africa, 1999-2012”.
Teaching:
  • Faculty award for Outstanding First Year Lecturer in 2011 at UJ (nominated by top students in the faculty).
  • Monash SA Community Engagement award for the most engaged staff member in Social Science 2014.
  • Monash SA purple awards for outstanding unit evaluation results for AZA2378 and AZA3378 ‘Development and the Developing World’ 2013.
  • Monash SA certificate for outstanding results in unit evaluation for ‘Development and the Developing World’ 2013.
  • Monash SA certificate for outstanding results in unit evaluation for ‘World Cities’ 2014.
  • Monash SA purple awards for outstanding unit evaluation results for AZA2641 and AZA3641 ‘Diplomacy in contemporary international relations’ 2014.
Research Interests

Quality of democracy; democracy and development in South Africa; public policymaking in South Africa; land reform; comparative politics; foreign policy (with a focus on quiet diplomacy); service learning.

Peer-reviewed Publications
  • Graham, V.L., 2006.  “How firm the handshake? South Africa’s use of quiet diplomacy in Zimbabwe from 1999 to 2006”. African Security Review, Vol. 15(4). pg. 114-127.
  • Graham, V.L., 2008. “Deconstructing quiet diplomacy: pinning down the elusive concept”. Journal for Contemporary History, Vol. 33(2).
  • Graham, V.L., 2014. “The Quality of South Africa’s Electoral Accountability 1994-2014: Freedom, Flaws and Food Parcels”. Journal of Comparative Politics, Vol. 7(2). Pgs. 52-72.
  • Patel, L., Sadie, Y., Graham, V., Delany, A., and K Baldry, 2014. Voting Behaviour and the Influence of Social Protection. Centre for Social Development in Africa (UJ). 66 pages. ISBN: 978-0-86970-785-2.
Books and Chapters in Books
  • Graham, V.L., 2015 (forthcoming). “Constitutionalism”, in Politics: a southern African Introduction. Oxford University Press South Africa, Cape Town.
  • Graham, V.L., 2015 (forthcoming). “Socio-economic contexts”, in Politics: a southern African Introduction. Oxford University Press South Africa, Cape Town.
  • Graham, V.L., 2015 (forthcoming). “Civil society”, in Politics: a southern African Introduction. Oxford University Press South Africa, Cape Town.
International Conference Presentations
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress, July 2009, Chile.
  • Annual Conference of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH), November 2014, Monash SA, Johannesburg.
National Conference Presentations
  • SAAPS Conference, September 2006, Cape Town.
  • SAAPS Conference, September 2007, Bloemfontein.
  • SAAPS Conference, September 2010, Stellenbosch.
  • SAAPS Conference, August 2012, Port Elizabeth.
  • SAAPS Conference, September 2014, Pretoria.
Other Professional Activities
  • SAAPS Council member 2013- : Portfolio 1: Teaching and Learning; Portfolio 2: Emerging scholars
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Comparative Politics 2013
  • Country expert South Africa: Varieties of Democracy
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