Michael Neocosmos, is an author, translator, Professor and current Director of the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University. He was formerly the Director of Global Movements Research at the University of South Africa, in Pretoria South Africa. He is currently the Director of the Unit for the Humanities (UHURU) at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. He is also a fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.
Neocosmos graduated B.Sc. (1972, Loughborough University, UK); MA (1973, Wye College, University of London, UK), Ph.D. (1982, Bradford University, UK). He has taught at various universities in the United Kingdom and in Africa, most especially at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at the University of Swaziland, at the National University of Lesotho where he headed the Department of Development Studies, at the University of Botswana where he was Associate Professor of Sociology, and at the University of Pretoria where he held the position of Professor of Sociology.
In 2017 Neocosmos's 2016 book, Thinking Freedom in Africa was awarded The Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought by the Caribbean Philosophical Association.