Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (b. 1955)

South African psychologist. Gobodo-Madikizela was educated at Fort Hare University, Rhodes University, and the University of Cape Town, where she earned her Ph.D. After three years as a research fellow at Harvard University, she returned to South Africa and joined the faculty at the University of Cape Town. Best known for her work on South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Committee, she is also a founder of Women Waging Peace, an international organization dedicated to nonviolent resolution of conflict. Gobodo-Madikizela is the author of A Human Being Died That Night: A Story of Forgiveness (2003), an award-winning account of what her work has taught her about the nature of forgiveness. See also uct.ac.za/depts/psychology/staff/gobodo.html.