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Top honour for Wits International Relations academic

- Kemantha Govender

Wits' Dr David Hornsby will sit on the governing council of a premier organisation for scholars and practitioners of international studies.

Dr David Hornsby, Assistant Dean of Humanities, Teaching and Learning at Wits and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations has recently been elected to sit on the International Studies Association Governing Council as a member at large for 2017-18. 

The International Studies Association (ISA) is the premier organisation for scholars and practitioners of international studies.

Hornsby, nominated by Professor JP Singh of George Mason University in Washington D.C. was selected as one of five candidates to stand for election of the over 6000 member organisation by the Governing Council’s Nominations Committee.

His selection and election is a recognition of his standing in the field. Hornsby is a recongised lecturer and researcher having been awarded the VC’s Teaching and Learning Award in 2013 and the Friedal Sellschop Research Award in 2014.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured to have been elected to the ISA Governing Council.  This is a fantastic recognition of Wits University and the Department of International Relations standing globally. I look forward to working with colleagues from around the world and across the organisation.

“I hope to work with colleagues at the ISA to advance opportunities for African scholars and students within the organisation and discipline writ large” said Hornsby.

Hornsby’s research currently focuses on science diplomacy; Canadian and South African foreign policy and higher education pedagogy.  Since arriving at Wits in 2009 he has published actively in these areas.  His next book is coming out in March 2016 with Palgrave entitled “Universities, Citizen Scholars and the Future of Higher Education.” Hornsby has recently been elected President of the Academic Staff Association of Wits University and is an elected member of the University Senate.

ISA was founded in 1959 to promote research and education in international affairs. With well over six thousand members in North America and around the world, ISA is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field.

ISA cooperates with 57 international studies organisations in over 30 countries, is a member of the International Social Science Council, and enjoys nongovernmental consultative status with the United Nations.