Heidi Hudson is Professor of International Relations and Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. She is a former Director of the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the UFS, an NRF (B2) rated scholar, as well as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2012. She has written extensively in the area of feminist security studies, with a specific focus on Africa. Hudson’s current research interests concentrate on discursive and material gender deficits of liberal peacebuilding in the postcolony. Her other area of interest is the gendering of Africa’s International Relations, the African knowledge project and postcolonial/decolonial strategies of resistance. Heidi has held several fellowships through Fulbright, the Nordic Africa Institute, and the University of Calgary (Canada). In 2018, she was the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Nordic Africa Institute and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research in Uppsala, Sweden. She is co-editor and co-author of Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, role-players, policy and practice (2013), with Theo Neethling. Heidi was a PRIO Global Fellow from 2014 – 2017 and currently serves on several advisory and editorial boards.