Mr Herman Wasserman, PhD, is Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He holds a doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch, and has worked as a newspaper journalist before starting his academic career. He has published widely on media in post-apartheid South Africa.
He has taught at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Newcastle and Sheffield, has held a Fulbright research fellowship at Indiana University in the US, and has twice been elected a fellow of the media ethics colloquia hosted by the University of Missouri. Since 2013 he is Head of the International Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), and an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf). Herman has participated in several research collaborations funded by amongst others the British Academy, the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. He currently co-directs one of the Humanities Focus Areas at Rhodes University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with the theme ‘Media and Citizenship’. His other current collaborations include two international projects investigating media in the BRICS countries, funded respectively by the Academy of Finland and the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange in Taiwan. He is a founder member of the Global Media Ethics Roundtables that have met in Stellenbosch, Dubai and Delhi. He continues to act as an occasional journalist, by writing opinion pieces for media such as the Mail & Guardian, Daily Maverick and China Daily.