Adam-HabibADAM HABIB is an academic, activist, administrator and renowned political media commentator and columnist. He holds qualifications in Political Science from three universities, including the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Habib has served as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University since June 2013. 

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. 

Habib was instrumental in transforming the University of Johannesburg (UJ) following the nationwide mergers of tertiary institutions in 2005, and played a key role in increasing research output at the university. He has also served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, Library and Faculty Coordination at UJ. 

Habib has 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. 

His debut book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, launched in August 2013, focuses on our country’s transition into democracy and its prospects for inclusive development and has made waves both locally and internationally. 

Renowned as a key leader in higher education and political studies in South Africa and around the world, Habib’s fundamental themes of research are transformation, democracy and development. 



South Africa’s Suspended Revolution. Hopes and Prospects, Wits University Press – South Africa & Ohio University Press – United States, 2013