Professor Crain Soudien is formerly the Director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town and currently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He is a joint professor in Education and African Studies. He has published over 160 articles, reviews, reports and book chapters in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture.
Soudien is the co-editor of three books on District Six, Cape Town, a jointly edited book on comparative education and the author of The Making of Youth Identity in Contemporary South Africa: Race, Culture and Schooling, the author of Realising the Dream: Unlearning the Logic of Race in the South African School, and the co-author of Inclusion and Exclusion in South Africa and Indian Schools. He was educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
He is involved in local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is the Chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, the former Chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies and was the Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education. He is a fellow of several local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.