Alecia Ndlovu, PhD

Alecia Ndlovu completed her PhD in international relations at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has a BA in applied economics and international relations, as well as an MA (with distinction) in international relations, for which she won the Wits School of Social Sciences Research Award. Her PhD thesis combines cross-national statistical research and fieldwork in four African countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia). Her fieldwork was supported by a Carnegie fellowship from the Global Change Institute at Wits, as well as the SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program in New York.

In addition to her academic interests, Alecia served as a mentor for the DreamGirls International Outreach and Mentoring Program, which aims to promote the enrollment and success of young women from disadvantaged high schools and communities in institutions of higher learning. She is passionate and dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, and a firm believer in the efficacy of education as the cornerstone for human capacity development in African societies.

Courses Taught

Energy Diplomacy and the African Political Economy 

Select Publications

Ndlovu, X.A. and Mmabatho Mongae, Z. N. (2022). The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Political Settlement in South Africa’s Mining Industry. The Thinker, 90(1), 41-54. Retrieved from

Ndlovu, X.A. and Kroenke, M. (2017, November 18). From Politics to Power? Rethinking the Politics of Development. [Conference paper]. African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States.

Ndlovu, X.A. (2016). How Political Institutions Affect Natural Resource Governance: A Case Study of Ghana [Conference paper]. African Social Research Initiative Bi-annual Research Conference, Accra Ghana.

Ndlovu, X.A. and Alence R. (2015). Natural Resources Magnify the Democratic Advantage in Africa. [Conference Paper]. The American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Ndlovu, X. A. (2015, February). On Brown Envelopes and Green Accounting: Researching the Politics of Resource-based Development in Africa. Newsletter of the African Politics Conference Group (APSA), 11 (1). Retrieved from

Research Interests

Political economy of development
Governance of Africa’s natural resources
Political institutions and party systems in Africa
Quantitative research methods
Politics and governance in Africa


  • PhD, International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand
  • MA (with distinction), International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand
  • BA (Hons), International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand
  • BA, International Relations and Applied Economics
Alecia Ndlovu, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Affiliated Faculty, South Africa

MA in Diplomacy and International Relations

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