About us

Dr Rebecca Hodes








Rebecca Hodes (D.Phil, Oxon) is a medical historian, and the Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit. Hodes is Co-Principal Investigator of the Mzantsi Wakho research study, about the medicines-taking and sexual health practices of South African youth. She is the author Broadcasting the Pandemic: A History of HIV/AIDS on South African Television (HSRC Press, 2014), a monograph about that combines analyses of health communications with the workings of social movements in South African – and global – histories, including the gay rights, anti-apartheid and HIV activist movements.

Hodes is Co-Investigator of the HEY BABY (Helping Empower Youth Brought up in Adversity with their Babies and Young children) research study (2018-2021) and BRIDGES (Building Research in Inter-Disciplinary Gender and HIV through the Social Sciences) research studies (2019 – 2024).

Hodes’s academic writing has been published AIDS, AIDS Care, African Affairs, the African Journal of AIDS Research, Critical Public Health, Global Public Health, the Journal of Southern African Studies, the International Journal of African Histories Studies, Medical Humanities, the Social History of Medicine and the South African Historical Journal, and the South African Medical Journal, in addition to other peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Her CV is available here

Current research

Histories of science, race and sex; the history of epidemics; popular responses to diseases and uses of medical technologies in the past and present; qualitative and participatory research and its transdisciplinary applications; the Pharmaceutical Humanities; pharmaceutical waste; and visual pharmacology.

Hodes is a regular contributor to the Daily Maverick (South Africa’s largest independent, online news source).

Contact details

Office: Room 4.29  Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus



Prof Nicoli Nattrass










Nicoli Nattrass is a professor in the School of Economics and Founder and previous Director of ASRU. She has published widely on AIDS-related topics and is currently working on employment and human-wildlife conflict in South Africa. Her most recent book, co-authored with Jeremy Seekings, is Inclusive Dualism: Labour-intensive development, Decent Work, and Surplus Labour in Southern Africa (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019).

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