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Jonathan Sears

Assistant Professor

Jonathan Sears Photo by Craig Terlson
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International Development Studies


  • Africa, Politics and Development
  • Ethics
  • Government / Democratic Institutions
  • International Affairs / Geopolitics
  • Philosophy / Ethics
  • Religion

Areas of Expertise:

  • African Politics
  • Citizenship in Africa
  • Development Ethics
  • Development Practice
  • Development Policy
  • Development Theory
  • Post-conflict Peacebuilding in Africa
  • Faith-based Organizations in Africa
  • Political Theory

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • French

Available To:

  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others


Dr. Jonathan Sears approaches International Development Studies, and comparative politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, from a multi-disciplinary background in political studies, political theory, and anthropology. Sears obtained a PhD from Queen's University, MA from Brock University and BA Hons from Saint Thomas University.

His most recent research seeks to place events in Mali and Sahelian Africa since 2011 in historical and cultural context to understand post-conflict governance, and international intervention at the security/development nexus. A member of the Centre Francopaix in conflict resolution and peace operations, Sears contributes to the research, reports, and policy briefs of the centre, especially on UN peace operations and Canadian foreign policy in Francophone and Sahelian Africa.

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