Jok Madut Jok
University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
Violence and public health, women’s reproductive health, Pastoralism, seasonal migration and cattle raiding in East Africa, medical anthropology, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda
ANT 358 - Peace, War and Security
ANT 707 - Culture in Wold Affairs
Jok’s areas of specialization include security,
governance, democracy, and development in South Sudan and Sudan. He has also
written extensively about gender, sexuality and reproductive health,
humanitarian aid, ethnography of political violence, gender-based violence, and
war and slavery and the politics of identity in South Sudan and Sudan.
He is the author of Breaking Sudan: The Search for Peace (Oneworld
Publications, 2017), Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence (One World Publication,
2007), War and Slavery in Sudan (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), and
Militarization, Gender and Reproductive Health in South Sudan (Edwin Mellen
Press, 1998). He has also co-authored The Sudan Handbook (co-edited with J.
Willis, J. Ryle and S. Baldo, James Currey, 2011).
Before joining Maxwell he was visiting professor of anthropology, University of
Oxford, and Fellow of Linacre College. He had also served in the government of
South Sudan as undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, 2010-13.
He is the founding director of the Sudd Institute, a public policy research
Sudan: The Search for Peace. London: One World Publications.
Sudan Handbook. Co-edited with J. Willis, J. Ryle and S. Baldo. Oxford:
2007 Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence.
Oxford, UK: One World Publications.
and Slavery in Sudan. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Gender and Reproductive Health in South Sudan. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin
Articles and Book Chapters:
2018, “The militarization of cattle
raiding in South Sudan: how a traditional practice became a tool for political
violence.” Wild, Hannah, Jok Madut Jok and Ronak Patel. Journal of International Humanitarian Action
(2018) 3:2 https://doi.org/10.1186/s41018-018-0030-y
2018, “South Sudan’s Elusive
peace: Between local drivers of violence and the actions of external
actors.” In Amir Idris, South Sudan’s
Post-Independence Dilemmas. Routledge.
2015, With K. Menkaus and
Nuur Muhamed, “East Africa: Regional Perspectives for the White Paper on
Peacebuilding.” White Paper Series No. 2. Geneva Peacebuilding Platform at the
Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
2015 “The Evil of Insecurity,
State Violence and Impunity in the Newly Independent South Sudan.” In Encountering Evil: Anthropology and the
Everyday in Africa, Walter van Beek and William C. Olsen (eds.). Cambridge
2015 “Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement and
How the Nuba Mountains Were Left Out.” In Conflict
in the Nuba Mountains: From Genocide by Attrition to the Contemporary Crisis in
Sudan edited by Samuel Totten and Amanda F. Grzyb. London: Routledge.
2014 “Nationality and Citizenship in
the “New Sudan”: A Legal or Moral Issue?” Middle
East Law and Governance Interdisciplinary Journal 6 (2014) 225-249.
2014 “The Break up of Sudan and the Links that
Connect the People of the two Countries.” Sudan
Studies, Number 1
2013 “Power Dynamics and the
Politics of Fieldwork under Sudan’s Prolonged Conflicts.” In Dyan Mazurana, et
al (eds.) Research Methods in Conflict
Settings: A View from Below. Cambridge, UK and NY: Cambridge University
2013 “South Sudan and the Memorialization of the Civil War.” Institute for Justice and Reconciliation,
Policy Brief Number 11, July
2013 “State, Law and Insecurity in South Sudan.” The Fletcher Forum for World Affairs, Vol. 37:2. Summer 2013.
2013 “Human Rights Abuses Run Deep in South Sudan.” The Fletcher Forum for World Affairs, April
2012 “South Sudan: Building a Diverse Nation.” In Sudan after Separation: New Approaches to a New Region. Edited by the
Heinrich Böll Foundation and Toni Weis. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation.
2012 “Negotiating Security: Gender, Violence, and the Rule of Law in
Post-war South Sudan.” In Howard Stein
and Amal Fadlalla Hassan (eds.) Gendered
Insecurities, Health and Development in Africa. New York: Routledge.
2012 Forward to Handbook on
Community Engagement: A ‘Good Practice’ Guide to Negotiating Lease Agreements
with Landowning Communities in South Sudan. David K. Deng Juba: South Sudan
2011 “Diversity, Unity and Nation-Building in South Sudan.” United
States Institute of Peace Special Report. Washington, DC: USIP.
Islam, Islamic Law, and National Disintegration in Sudan.” In Andrew Murphy
(ed.) Companion to Religion and Violence. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
“Orphaned: the Death of John Garang and the Specter of Disintegration of
Sudan.” In Francis M. Deng (ed.) The
Making of a New Sudan? Asmara and Trenton, NJ: Red Sea Press.
“Slavery and Slave Redemption in the Sudan” In Buying Freedom: The Ethics and Economics of Slave Redemption Edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah & Martin
Bunzl (eds.) With a foreword by Kevin Bales. Princeton, NJ: Princeton
2006 “Violence and
Resilience: Women, War and the Realities of Everyday Life in Sudan.” The
Ahfad Journal: Women and Change Vol. 23, No. 2 (December)
2005 “War, Changing Ethics and the Position of
Youth in South Sudan.” In Vanguard or Vandals: Youth, Politics and Conflict
in Africa. Jon Abbink and I. van Kessel (eds.) Leiden and Boston: Brill.
2005 “The Legacy of Race.” In Race and
Identity in the Nile Valley: Ancient and Modern Perspectives. Carolyn
Fluehr-Lobban and Kharyssa Rhodes (editors). Trenton, NJ: Red Sea Press.
2004 “The Targeting of Civilians as a Military
Tactic.” In Coping with Torture: Images from the Sudan edited by Ann
Lesch and Osman Fadl. Trenton, NJ: The Red Sea Press.
Weapons New Soldiers: Slavery and Jihad in Sudan’s Conflict.” In Slaavernij en
Bevrijding in Oost-Africa in de 19th eeuw. Berg en Dal: Afrika
2002 Sharon E. Hutchinson and Jok Madut Jok,
“Gendered Violence and the Militarization of Ethnicity: A Case from South
Sudan. In Postcolonial Subjectivities in Africa by Richard Werbner (ed).
London: Zed Books.
1999 Jok, Jok Madut and Sharon E. Hutchinson,
“Sudan’s Prolonged Second Civil War and the Militarization of Nuer and Dinka
Ethnic Identities.” African Studies
Review. Vol. 42(2): 125-45.
1999 “Militarism, Gender and Reproductive
Suffering: The Case of Abortion in Western Dinka.” Africa: Journal of International African Institute. Vol. 69(2):
1999 “Militarism and Gender Violence in South
Sudan.” Journal of Asian and African
Studies. Vol. 34(4): 427-42.
1999 “War, Social Transition, and Illness
Conception: the Case of Tuberculosis in South Sudan.” In Sudan’s Predicament: Civil War, Displacement and Ecological
Degradation. Girma Kebbede (ed.) Brookfield: Ashgate Publishing Company,
1998 Lane, S.D. and Jok Madut Jok, "Buying
Safety: The Politics and Economics of Abortion and Reproductive Risk in
Egypt" Social Science andMedicine, Vol. 47(8) pp. 1089-1099.
1996 "Information Exchange in the Disaster
Zone: Interaction between Aid Workers and Recipients in South Sudan." Disasters Vol. 20(3): 206-215.
1995 "Dinka Women and the Future of Dinka
Society" Oxford Refugee Studies Network. November, Issue 20.
Research Grants and Awards
States Institute of Peace. Monitoring the Implementation o South Sudan’s Peace
Agreement. US$ 100,000
States Institute of Peace. Senior Fellowship to work on “Breaking Sudan.” US$
Agency for International Development, subcontracted by International
Science and Technology Institute. A grant to investigate nutrition-based eye
sight impairment in children in Sudan. US$ 56,400
Wilson Center for International Scholars to work on “Sudan: Race, Religion and
Violence.” US$ 45,000
2002, 2004 Loyola
Marymount University Faculty Grants for summer research projects.
This year’s grant makes possible the investigation into HIV state of knowledge
2000- 2001 United States Institute of Peace Grant for
support of research on “War and Slavery in Sudan.” US $ 45,000
1998- 99 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Grant for support of research on violent aggression in South Sudan. US $ 48,000
1998-99 Loyola Marymount UniversityFaculty Grants for summer research
1992- 94 Ford Foundation Individual Grants for
support of dissertation research in South Sudan. US$ 20,000
1991 - 92 Ford Foundation Individual Grants to
attend University of California, Los Angeles.
1990 - 91 Ford Foundation-Sudanese Fellowship to
attend the American University in Cairo.
1986 - 90 Egyptian Government Scholarship to
attend University of Alexandria.
Recent Invited Lectures
2009 “Violent Political Conflicts as
Impediments to the Fight Against Disease and the Achievement of Global Health.”
A presentation given at 11th Annual International Health Conference
at Touro University – California, Mare Island, CA.
2009 “Sudan and the Fallacy
of Nationhood: How Political Islam Threatens National Unity.” A presentation given at Princeton
University Center for the Study of Religion and the Woodrow Wilson School.
2008 “Gender-based Violence and the Reproductive Health Consequences for
Sudanese Women.” A presentation given at University of Michigan Center for
Afro-American and African Studies.
2007 “The Reproductive
Health of Internally Displaced Women: South Sudan, Northern Uganda and the
Politics of Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency.” An invited lecture given at
Brandeis University Department of Anthropology.
2007 “How Many Wars do I have to Fight? Sudanese women’s struggles against gender-based violence, poverty and disease in the context of the Protracted Civil Conflict.” A lecture given at Upstate Medical University and University of Syracuse, Syracuse, New York.
2006 “Sudan, the
Fallacy of Post-Colonial Nationhood and the Human Rights Challenges.” A lecture
given at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
2005“Slavery, Civilian Killings, and Rapes as
Counter-Insurgency Tactics in Sudan’s Conflict.” A lecture given at the
University of Oregon Program on African Studies.
2005 “A Crumbling Social Landscape:
Sudan’s Prolonged War and the Militarization of Everyday Life.” A presentation
given at a conference “States of Violence: The Conduct of War in Africa,” at the University of Florida in
2004 “Religion, Race, and the Humanitarian
Disaster in Sudan.” A presentation given at Claremont McKenna College, Center for
the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. Claremont, California
2004 “Refugees, Militias, and the
Warring Parties in Sudan’s Conflict: the Failures of International Peace
Mediation. A presentation given at the Center for International Studies, Ohio
2004 “Promoting Physical and
Human Security: What the Sudan’s Peace Process must Address.” A presentation
made at Tufts University Conference “Sudan at the Cross Roads.” Medford, MA.
2003 With John Ryle and
Fergus Boyle “Abduction and Slavery in Sudan.” A presentation made at St.
Anthony’s College, Oxford University, UK.
2003 With John Ryle
“Abduction, Slavery and the Peace Process in Sudan.” A presentation given at
the University of Toronto Law School. Toronto, Canada.