Louise Bethlehem is a literary scholar and cultural theorist. She holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of English and in the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book, Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath (Unisa Press, Brill 2006) investigates the role of literature in contexts of severe political oppression and resistance. She has co-edited six volumes in the fields of South African literature, African Studies and Cultural Studies. She currently holds a prestigious European Research Council Consolidators Grants for the project: "Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990." Bethlehem supervises a large cohort of graduate students and is an active member of the African Studies community in Israel.