Saleem Badat is a Research Professor at the Humanities Institute at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to that, he was Program Director of International Higher Education & Strategic Projects at the Mellon Foundation in New York and vice-chancellor of Rhodes University. His previous books include The Forgotten People: Political Banishment under Apartheid, Black Student Politics, Higher Education and Apartheid, and Black Man, You are on Your Own. Saleem directs a national research project on the histories of universities in South Africa, intended to produce critical institutional histories of several universities. He is researching a book on the history of universities in South Africa, focused on the idea of the university and its purposes, functions and roles in society. He is co-editing books on Research and Activism and the University of Durban-Westville. He coordinates two early career scholar development programmes comprising 16 UKZN Arts, Humanities and Social Science scholars.