Pumla Dineo Gqola is a gender activist, award-winning author and full professor of African Literature at Wits University . She has written extensively for both local and international academic journals.
Gqola's research foci are slave memory in the African world, Black Consciousness literature, womanism and feminist literary studies, postcolonialism, post-apartheid public culture, African feminist sexualities, and Rape. Her book Rape: A South African Nightmare won the 2016 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction. Gqola teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on African continental and diasporic literatures and creative cultures.