Rirhandu is a political scientist whose interest in international politics has led her to professionally speak, teach and conduct research in many different parts of the world. Originally from South Africa, she is an internationally active scholar with a pronounced regional expertise. Rirhandu’s involvement in transdisciplinary research contexts has contributed to her collection of publications and the assumption of leadership positions in professional associations.

She is currently a Visiting Professor of International Gender Politics at the University of Kassel (Germany). Prior to this, she has been a Guest Professor of International Development at the University of Vienna (Austria), an interim Professor in Political Studies at Giessen University and worked for many years at the Department of Political Studies at Frankfurt University, in the research programme on “Africa’s Asian Options” (AFRASO) and in the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”.

Rirhandu studied at the University of Frankfurt, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Cape Town. Her international experience includes extended periods abroad among them as a guest researcher at Syracuse University (USA), Stellenbosch University and University of South Africa (South Africa), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and the University of Rwanda (Rwanda).