School of Social Sciences

Kathryn Pillay

Kathryn Pillay


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Cluster Leader: Society and Social Change, Senior Lecturer




Howard College Campus

Office Address

Room F123, First Floor, Memorial Tower Building

Degrees Held

  • BA (Majors in Psychology and Industrial Psychology)
  • BA Hons (Industrial Psychology )
  • MA (Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies)
  • PhD (Sociology)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Race, Identity, Xenophobia, Migration, Social Issues, Contemporary Sociological Theory



  • Pillay, Kathryn. (2017). “The Coolies Here” Exploring the Construction of an Indian “Race” in South Africa, Journal of Global South Studies, Vol 34 (1), 47-74
  • Pillay, Kathryn. (2017). Perpetual Foreigners: Indian Identity in South Africa (1948-1994), Diaspora Studies, Vol 10 (1), 45-63
  • Pillay, K. (2015). South African Families of Indian Descent: Transmission of Racial Identity. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, XLVI (1), 121-135
  • Pillay, K. (2012). Identity Construction of South Africans of Indian Descent through Cross-Generational Research and Biographical Methods.  Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, XXVI (1), 7-24
  • Erwin, K and Pillay, K (Forthcoming 2019). Non-racialism, Racialism, Racism: The Power of Youthful Dreams. In G Mare (Ed). Race in Educational Contexts. Stellenbosch: SUN Press
  • Pillay, K (2019). The ‘Indian’ Question: Examining Autochthony, Citizenship, and Belonging in South Africa. In P Essed, K Farquharson, K Pillay and E J White (Eds.). Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanization, Belonging and the Normativity of European Whiteness. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Pillay, K. (2017). ‘AmaNdiya, they’re not South Africans!’ Xenophobia and Citizenship. In C Ballantine, M Chapman, K Erwin and G Maré (Eds.). Living Together, Living Apart? The making of a future South Africa. Durban: UKZN Press
  • Pillay, K. (2007). The Minority Report: Undressing ‘Indians’ in Durban. In R. Pattman and S. Khan (Eds.). Undressing Durban. Durban: Madiba Publishers.*


  • Essed P, Farquharson K, Pillay K, and White EJ. (2018). Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanization, Belonging and the Normativity of European Whiteness.  London: Palgrave Macmillan


  • Contemporary Social Issues [SOCY306]
  • Introduction to Sociology [SOCY101]
  • Introduction to South African Society [SOCY102]
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory [SOCY301]
  • Social Change [SOCY202]
  • Diversity & Equity in the Workplace [IOLS302]
  • Difference and Diversity in the Workplace (Honours) [IOLS706]
  • Race Thinking and Thinking about Race (Honours) [SOCY714]

Graduate Supervision

  • Involved in ongoing supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students