Steven Van Wolputte (*1970) was trained in sociology and anthropology. After obtaining his Phd. in 1999, he was granted successive postdoctoral fellowships by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) in 1999 and 2002, and appointed professor of social and cultural anthropology in 2004. Currently he is Program Director of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His research focuses on the culture and history of northern Namibia.