Professor Grace Khunou

Professor Grace Khunou


Professor Grace Khunou is a Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Johannesburg. She is C rated by the National Research Foundation. She has held multiple leadership positions including as Vice-Dean Research, Humanities at UJ; President of the South African Sociological Association; Chair-Person of the Humanities Ethics Committee at UJ and Chairperson of the Transformation Committee at Wits.

Her research is in understanding the Black condition through a focus on gender, health, social policy, class (black middle class) and social institutions and of all these interests understanding men and fatherhood is her passion. She writes creatively and academically and has published peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and research reports. These include her edited books:

  • The Emergent Middle Class (2015)
  • Black Academic Voices: The South African Experience (2019);
  • the forthcoming book Does the Black Middle Class Exist and Are We Members? Reflections from a Research Team.

She has also co-edited three journal special issues one on Father Absence in the Open Family Studies Journal (2015); a second on the Black Middle Class (2015) in Development Southern Africa and a forthcoming special issue on the Global Black middle-class in the journal Issues in Race & Society.

Her creative work includes the short story Mama’s Walk in the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writers, and a children’s book titled Khumo’s Airport Bag published in Setswana and English. Prof. Khunou is passionate about mentorship and has successfully supervised over thirty research projects. She has also presented more than sixty papers in international and local conferences