Rebecca Hodes takes over as Director of ASRU

Dr Rebecca Hodes is the new Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU), which is one of four research units within the CSSR. Rebecca is the author of Broadcasting the Pandemic: A History of HIV on South African Television HSRC Press, 2014), based on her doctoral thesis (from Oxford), as well as journal articles and book chapters in the field of public health and the history of medicine with a focus on sexual and reproductive rights and the AIDS epidemic. After completing her doctorate she worked for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) as manager of the policy, communications and research department, before coming to UCT as a post-doctoral fellow, first in ASRU and then in the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA). In 2013, Rebecca was awarded a grant by the International AIDS Society, as a part of the Collaborative Initiative for Pediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER), and she returned to ASRU. She is the principal investigator of the Mzantsi Wakho study, focusing on the lived experiences of HIV-positive teenagers. This mixed-methods study addresses a crucial gap in the literature on adolescent adherence to antiretroviral treatment and use of sexual and reproductive health services, not just in Southern Africa, but in resource-constrained contexts across the globe. Rebecca takes over from Nicoli Nattrass, who founded ASRU in 2000 and directed it from 2002 until the end of 2014. Nicoli remains a Professor of Economics in the CSSR.