Claire is passionate about breaking down the historical and spatial boundaries between higher education institutions and the communities excluded from these establishments.  She is a Talloires Network Next Generation Leader and hopes to orientate her research and practice towards the construction of a more just education system in South Africa.

Claire holds a MSt in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and MPhil in Economics. She previously worked at the Rhodes University Community Engagement Division, responsible facilitating an engaged research group and a community engagement short course for high schools. Her research interests include community/public engagement, African higher education, feminist and engaged research methods, and community histories.

Claire is eager to hear from anyone thinking about pursuing doctoral study in education, and especially from those with similar research interests.


Dr David Mills and Dr Aliya Khalid



McCann, C. 2023. On possibility: Exploring the connections between postcolonial feminism and community engagement in pursuit of university transformation. African Journal of Higher Education Community Engagement 1(1): 39-54.

Talbot, A.L.P. and McCann, C. 2023. Conceptualisation and experiences of engaged citizenship as critical consciousness, transformative education and mutual joy: An autoethnography. South African Journal of Higher Education 37(1): 206-223.

McCann, C., Talbot, A.L.P. and Westaway, A. 2021. Social capital for social change: Nine Tenths Mentoring Programme, a solution for education (in)justice in South Africa? International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparatio  16(1): 45-59.

McCann, C. 2020. “My Body Is a Temple/I Am the God It Was Built For”: An Examination of the Confrontation of Male Entitlement in the Spoken Word Poetry of Savannah Brown and Hollie McNish. Glocality 3(1): 3, 1-6.