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Victoria Graham

Chief Lecturer (Dr)

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
2018 Teaching Commitments
  • AZA1010
  • AZA1325
  • AZA3015
  • AZA3703
  • AZA3301
Professional bodies associations

South Africans Association of Political Studies
Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC)

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

Dr Graham specialises in democracy studies, diplomacy, comparative politics and foreign policy. Other interests include history, human rights, voting behaviour, elections, active citizenship and service learning.

Peer-reviewed Publications
  • Graham, S.E and V.L.Graham. 2016. “The Quality of Elections in Small Island Developing States.” Journal of Comparative Politics, Vol. 9(2). Pgs, 37-57.
  • Graham, V.L., Sadie, Y., and L Patel. 2016. “Social Grants, Food Parcels and Voting Behaviour: A Case Study of Three South African Communities”. Transformation, Vol. 91. Pgs. 106-135.
  • 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.
  • Graham, V.L., 2008. “Deconstructing quiet diplomacy: pinning down the elusive concept”. Journal for Contemporary History, Vol. 33(2).
  • 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). pgs. 114-127.
Books and Chapters in Books
  • Graham, V.L., 2015. “Pass or Fail? Assessing the Quality of Democracy in South Africa.” P.I.E. Peter Lang Publishers, Brussels.
  • Swanzen, R., and V.L. Graham. 2016. “Facilitating Active Citizenship in Students through the Strengthening of University-Community Partnerships”, in Gonzalez, K and R Frumkin (eds)., Handbook of Research on Effective Communication in Culturally Diverse Classrooms. IGI Global, USA.
  • Graham, V.L., 2015. “The birth of a Constitutional state”, in in De Jager, N (ed)., Politics: a southern African Introduction. Oxford University Press South Africa, Cape Town.
  • Graham, V.L., 2015. “Socio-economic contexts”, in in De Jager, N (ed)., Politics: a southern African Introduction. Oxford University Press South Africa, Cape Town.
  • Graham, V.L., 2015. “Civil society and civic participation”, in De Jager, N (ed)., Politics: a southern African Introduction. Oxford University Press South Africa, Cape Town.
Full-length, peer reviewed conference proceedings
  • 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.
International Conference Presentations

2018

  • Participated in the Symposium ‘Ethics for Sustainable Prosperity for All’ by the Learned Society of Wales
    Venue and date: Magdalene College, Cambridge University, 11-13 September 2018.
  • Title: The Quality of Democracy and the SDGs in African Small Island Developing States

    Conference: 2018 SAAPS Biennial Conference
    Venue and date: University of Pretoria, 1-3 October 2018.

2017

  • Title: The Quality of Democracy and the SDGs in African Small Island Developing States

    Conference: 2017 International Conference of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC)

    Venue and date: Aguascalientas, Mexico, 30-31 October 2017.
  • Title: The Quality of Electoral Accountability in African Small Island Developing States (Co-presenter with Dr S Graham – University of Johannesburg)

    Conference: 20th International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH)

    Venue and date: Voila Bagatelle Hotel, Mauritius, 26th-27th July 2017.

2016

  • Title: South Africa and Russia on the UN Human Rights Council 2014-2016: A Comparison of Voting Conduct (Co-presenter with Dr S Graham – University of Johannesburg)

    Conference: 2016 Conference of the South Africa-Russia Dialogue Forum (SARDF)

    Venue and date: Misty Hills and Conference Centre Muldersdrift, JHB 27-29th November 2016.

  • Title: #Democracymustfall? Exploring ‘populism’, political participation and the youth in democratic South Africa

    Conference: African Studies Association Conference (ASAUK)

    Venue and date: Cambridge University, 7-9 September 2016

2015

  • Title: No longer proudly South African? From ‘Rainbow Nation’ to ‘Dissatisfied Customers’: South Africa 20 years on

    Conference: British Political Studies Association Conference

    Venue and date: Sheffield UK, March-April 2015
  • Title: The quality of democracy in South Africa’s multicultural society: reconciling procedure with practice

    Conference: Annual Conference of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH): Cultures of Damaged Societies: from Post-Conflict Resolution to Intercultural Dialogue

    Venue and date: Monash SA, 24-27 November 2014
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.
  • Title: The quality of South Africa’s electoral accountability 1994 – 2014: freedom, flaws and food parcels
    Conference: SAAPS 2014 Biennial conference at UNISA: South Africa’s democracy at 20: diagnosis and prognosis
    Venue and date: UNISA, 10-12 September 2014
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
  • South Africans Association of Political Studies Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC)
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