Prof Crain Soudien is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council. He holds an M.Ed from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and obtained a PhD in Education from the same university in 1996.
Before joining the HSRC in September 2015, he was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He remains a professor in the School of Education at UCT.
His areas of research interest include: social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture.
Prof Soudien's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 180 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters. His most recent work, published in Pedagogy, Culture & Society, draws on intentionality systems theory to begin a discussion about the relationship between the act of violence and thinking.
He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.