Jok Madut Jok

Jok Madut Jok

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Executive DIrector, The Sudd Institute

Jok Madut Jok is currently the executive Director of the Sudd Institute, a public policy research center based in South Sudan.  He was educated in Sudan, Egypt and the United States and holds a Ph.D. in the anthropology of health from the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States (UCLA). He is also a professor of Anthropology at the University of Juba in South Sudan. He is a widely recognized specialist on conflict and political violence. Following the independence of South Sudan in 2011, Jok served for two years in the newly formed Government of South Sudan as undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Jok has worked extensively in the aid and development sectors and is the author of three books and numerous articles covering gender, sexuality and reproductive health, humanitarian aid, ethnography of political violence, gender-based violence, war and slavery, and the politics of identity in what used to be the Sudan. Over the years, Jok has held several fellowship positions, including at the United States Institute of Peace, the Rift Valley Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His books include Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence (2007) and War and Slavery in Sudan (2001).  Jok is also co-editor of The Sudan Handbook (2010) and is currently finishing a manuscript on the breakup of Sudan as a further entrenchment of violence.

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