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Teaching Associate in Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge


Justin Pearce is a Teaching Associate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. 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 and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Cambridge. Before embarking upon his doctorate, Justin worked as a journalist in South Africa, Angola and the UK.

Research Interests

Justin Pearce'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, opposition organisation, and the politics of memory and memorialisation. His approach to research puts a strong priority on gathering interviews in order to examine popular as well as elite discourses on power and identity.

Key Publications

Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola 1975-2002

Cambridge University Press 2015


  • –present
    Research Associate of St John's College, University of Cambridge