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Senior lecturer, Stellenbosch University


Justin Pearce is a senior lecturer in history at Stellenbosch University. 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, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and a research officer at the University of Sussex. 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.

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