Professor Maheshvari Naidu is a Full Professor in Anthropology and an NRF Rated Scientist who has received both institutional and national recognition for her research. In 2013 she won a National Award from the Department of Science and Technology for Womenin Science. She was the first person in the College of Humanities and the first woman at UKZN to obtain the PhD by Publication.
She is widely published with work that cuts across multiples disciplines and is on the editorial Boards of the prestigious journal, Anthropology Southern Africa (Taylor and Francis) and Oriental Anthropologist (Sage). As a feminist anthropologist she teaches from a critical feminist perspective and is supervising a large cohort of Post-Doctoral Fellows, Doctoral and Masters Students.
She has graduated 11 Masters and 14 Doctorates. She is a researcher on multiple interdisciplinary projects and is currently one of the Principle Investigators (PI) of a five year Andrew Mellon funded Project on Spatial
Humanities that will look at GIS and spatial mapping, as well as collaborating on an inter-institutional Gender Project funded by Ford Foundation with seven other SADC universities. She is also one of the PIs in the UKZN Flagship Project titled Big Data for Science and Society.
As Academic Leader Research in the Social Sciences she oversees the research and higher degrees processes of several hundred Masters and Doctoral students, as well as a large cohort of Post Doctoral Fellows and Honorary Researchers in the School. She is the school Internationalization Champion and overseas all the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) initiated by the School as well as strategic initiatives among staff and students to increase and enhance research activities and outputs. She believes in leading by example.
On a personal level, she is committed to enhancing and nurturing strong academic scholarship among the pool of young Black African female scholars in the Social Sciences
Prof. Maheshvari Naidu