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Dr Justin Pearce

Dr Justin Pearce

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Politics and International Studies

Research Associate, St John's College


Justin Pearce is a teaching associate in the Department of POLIS. He completed his doctorate at Oxford in 2011 on political mobilisation in the Angolan civil war. He was subsequently an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at SOAS, University of London. Before embarking upon his doctorate, Justin worked as a journalist in South Africa, Angola and the UK.

Research Interests

Justin’s research interests include the politics and history of Lusophone Africa and of southern Africa, with a thematic interest in civil conflict, peace making, the continuities between wartime and peacetime politics, and the politics of memory and memorialisation.


This year Justin will be teaching on Pol 7 (Politics of Security and Development) as well as contributing lectures to Pol 9 (Politics of Africa) and supervising MPhil dissertations in his areas of interest.