Alcinda Honwana is a visiting professor of Anthropology and International Development at the Open University where she held a Chair in International Development from 2005-2010. Prior to joining the Open University, she was a program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York and a program officer at the United Nations Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. She also taught anthropology at the New School of Social Research in New York and at the University of Cape Town. Professor Honwana has carried out extensive research on political conflict and politics of culture; on the impact of war on children and other vulnerable groups; as well as on youth politics, social movements and political protest. She has conducted field research in Mozambique, Angola, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Colombia, South Africa, DRC and Tunisia. Her latest books include: Youth and Revolution in Tunisia (2013) and The Time of Youth: Work, Social Change and Politics in Africa (2012). She has also published Child Soldiers in Africa (2006), Living Spirits, Modern Traditions: Spirit Possession and Post-War Healing in Southern Mozambique (2003), and co-edited Makers & Breakers: Children and Youth in Postcolonial Africa (2005). Professor Honwana sat on the boards of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the African Studies Association (ASA) in the USA, and is currently the Chair of Board of the International African Institute in the UK. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the African Sociological Review, the Journal for Higher Education in Africa and an editor of the African Arguments book series with Zed Books.