Jarita Holbrook is currently an associate professor of physics at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. She recently finished a year as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) & Technology Policy Fellow in NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering. She is an expert on African Indigenous Astronomy and the principal investigator of the Astronomy & Society group at UWC. Her intellectual interest in African cultural astronomy has resulted in academic positions in applied anthropology and women and gender studies before her returning to physics.
This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”
This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."