Open Distance and eLearning Conference

Conference Programme Director


Prof Puleng Segalo
Chief Albert Luthuli Research Chair
College of Human Sciences, Unisa

Puleng Segalo is a Fulbright scholar, National Research Foundation rated researcher, and a professor of psychology currently holding the position of Chief Albert Luthuli Research Chair at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her areas of specialization include Community Psychology, Social Psychology, Gender, and Feminism in Psychology. Her research focuses on historical trauma, visual methodologies, and gendered suffering. Segalo is the 2023 recipient of the UNISA Chancellor award for excellence in research. Segalo was the recipient of the 2021 World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Regional Award for Public Understanding and Popularisation of Science. She is currently the 2023-2025 research fellow at the University of Kansas’ African Studies Center and the 2023 research fellow at the University of Ghana’s Institute for African Studies. Segalo has recently been named the Graduate Center, City University of New York Alumni of the decade – and was recognised with a golden award for her contribution in social justice scholarship.