Auerbach, J (2021) DA ÁGUA AO VINHO: Tornando-se classe média em Angola Rio de Janeiro: ABA

Auerbach, J. (2020) From Water to Wine: becoming middle class in Angola. Toronto: University of Toronto Press and African Sun Media, South Africa


Popular book:


Auerbach, J. and J. Longwe (ilustrations) 2021 Archive of Kindness: stories of everyday heroism from the South African Lockdown Pretoria: BK Publishing





Pusumane, J. and J Auerbach (2022) Using transformative leadership to ‘nibble at resilient colonialism’; An autoethnographic account of student-faculty experiences' Transformative Leadership in African Contexts HSRC Press

Auerbach, J (2022) ‘Students as Producers, not Consumers: enabling voice as a core component of decolonial pedagogy in the South African Academy’ International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies (IJCDS) Special Edition

Jansen, J and J. Auerbach (eds) The Politics of Knowledge in Medicine Elsevier.

Auerbach, J (2022) 'Surveillance and the Selva? Digital Middle Class Identities in Angola and across the South Atlantic' The Middle Classes in the Twenty-first Century Subjectivities, Social Narratives and Political Crises

Alejandro Grimson, Menara Guizardi & Silvina Merenson (eds) Routledge

Auerbach, J. (2022) 'Building a Knowledge Network as a Career Foundation' in New Academic's Handbook Jonathan Jansen and Danie Visser (eds)

Auerbach, J (2023) 'Towards Knowledge Curation and the Universities of the Future' in Higher Education for Good: Teaching and Learning Futures Catherine Cronin and Laura Czerniewicz

Auerbach, J (2024) Capricious Connections and a Very Long Line: knowledge infrastructure in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean (working title) Routledge

Auerbach, J (under review) 'Conscripting Communalism: sociality and surveillance in contemporary Mauritius' Ethnos



Journal Articles:


In Print


Auerbach, J. (2022) 'Expanding Educational Futures: ideological contestation in Angola's emerging higher education sector' Comparative Education Review February 66 (1) 

Auerbach, J. (2022) 'The Fullness of Air: breath, work, and beauty in Lobito and Benguela, Angola' Canadian Journal of African Studies March 

Auerbach, J (2022) 'Pedagogy of Hyperlinkages: knowledge curatorialism and the archive of kindness' South African Journal of Higher Education July

Trisos, C.H., Auerbach, J. and M. Katti (2021) 'Decoloniality and Anti-Oppressive Practices for a More Ethical Ecology' Nature, Ecology and Evolution

Auerbach, J., M. Blin and N. Lalmohammed-Aumeerally (2020). 'Intersectional Religious Agency: Mauritian Muslim Women and the Navigation of Porous Interaces' Journal of Southern African Studies 46 (6)

Auerbach, J (2020) ‘More eyes on COVID-19: Perspectives from Anthropology: What people believe is a lot less important than that they believe it' South African Journal of Science Vol. 116, (7-8), July/August

Auerbach, J. (2019) ‘Can We Name Ourselves Savimbi?’ Crevice Moments and Spaces of National Reimagination in the Angolan Scouts’ Kronos 45 (1) 125-139

Auerbach, J. (2017) ‘Our Electric Controls: Socket’, Cultural Anthropology, December

Auerbach, J. (2017) ‘Poems Landscapes from Fieldwork: A Poetic Series’, Anthropology and Humanism, 42(2), pp. 221–224. doi: 10.1111/anhu.12187.222.

Auerbach, J. (2013) ‘I’m Not a Racist, I’m a Realist: the archive of the Non-Racial, Africa, and the Southern Atlantic’, The Salon: Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, 9.

Auerbach, J. (2010). ‘Flowing into the State: Returning Refugee Youth and Citizenship in Angola. Oxford Center for Refugee Studies working paper 68

Auerbach, J. (2010). ‘Incapsulating hands: on the (in)dependence of young adults in the UNHCR’s Maratane Refugee Camp’ Social Dynamics 26 (2) pp. 336-376


Book Chapters:


Auerbach, J. and Dlamini, M. (2019) ‘Scaling Decolonial Consciousness? The Reinvention of “Africa” in an emergent 21st century Neoliberal University’, in Jansen, J. (ed.) Decolonisation in Universities: the politics of knowledge. Johannesburg.

Auerbach, J (2016).  "O cheiro das coisas: mobilidade social e ambientes em fluxo no Atlântico Sul", p. 427 -432. In: Kadila: culturas e ambientes - Diálogos Brasil-Angola . São Paulo: Blucher






2017                         PhD, Anthropology, Stanford University, USA

                                 From Water to Wine: The Transnational Emergence of Angola's Middle Class in the South Atlantic

2010                         MSc Forced Migration, Oxford University, UK

2008                         BSocSci (Hons) Anthropology and Literature, University of Cape Town, South Africa





May 2022- present.   Associate Professor, University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business

Jan 2022-May 2022  Associate Professor, Anthropology, North West University, South Africa 

July 2020-Dec 2021  Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, North West University, South Africa

2020 (Jan-Jun)          Post-Doctoral Researcher, Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2019                          Visiting Researcher, Open University of Mauritius, Mauritius

2017-2018                 Founding Faculty, Social Sciences, African Leadership College, Mauritius