Danielle Hoffmeester is a Masters candidate at the University of the Western Cape. Until 2016, her academic focus was on International Relations, particularly foreign policy and state security. Since then she has shifted her focus to political violence. Currently, she is exploring queer visibility in a small rural South African town, with a focus on safety and belonging. She is an accredited dialogue practitioner and a published writer, and has written extensively on issues that relate to gender and sexuality, violence, race, and indigeneity.