Professor Kopano Ratele

Professor of Psychology
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Professor Ratele is a South African psychologist and men and masculinities studies scholar. His work revolves around two nodes: critical men and masculinity studies on one hand, and critical and cultural African psychological studies on the other. Much of his thinking, writing, research, and public engagement activities directly or indirectly flow out of and into these two fields of enquiry.

Prof Ratele is passionate about the dissemination of scholarly work via non-academic channels such as the print and broadcast media, a documentary film, short videos. He used to co-host a weekly radio show on Cape Talk called ‘Cape Dads’ with Koketso Sachane and Mbuyiselo Botha. His scholarship has enabled him to fill many roles including being able to serve as a member of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in South African Universities, convener of the National Research Foundation’s Specialist Committee for Psychology Rating Panel, president of the Psychological Society of South Africa, and former chairperson of Sonke Gender Justice.