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Dr Justin Pearce

Dr Justin Pearce

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Politics and International Studies

Research Associate, St John's College

MPhil Supervisor


Justin Pearce is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of POLIS, working on contemporary politics in Angola and Mozambique. The main focus of his research at the moment is the return to armed conflict in Mozambique since 2013. Justin 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.


Departments and Institutes

St John's College:
Research Associate
Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS):
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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 is supervising and teaching on the MPhil in African Studies.