Sara De Jong
Lecturer, Department of Politics
Sara de Jong joined the Politics Department at the University of York as a Lecturer in September 2018. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow in the Research Area Citizenship and Governance at The Open University, co-leading its 'Justice, Borders, Rights' research stream. From 2014-2016, Sara de Jong was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna, researching the role of 'cultural brokers' in third sector organisations in the context of the governance of migration.
She currently conducts research on the claims for protection, rights and settlement by Afghans and Iraqis who have worked for Western military forces and development organisations, as well as on the activities and strategies of their supporters. Her broader research interests include the role of brokers in colonial and contemporary unequal encounters, and the politics of NGOs in relation to migration, gender and development.
Her monograph Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides (2017) was published with Oxford University Press in the Gender and IR book series. Complicit Sisters untangles and analyses the complex tensions women NGO workers face and explores the ways in which they negotiate potential complicities in their work. Weighing the first-hand accounts of women who support women in and/or from the global South against critiques arising from feminist theory, postcolonial theory, global civil society theory and critical development literature, de Jong brings to life the dilemmas of ‘how to do good’ in an unjust and unequal world.
Sara de Jong has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in international development, conflict and IR; migration; political theory: (post-)colonialism, and gender at different HE institutions in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. She is the co-editor of the Routledge publication Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (forthcoming August 2018) with Rosalba Icaza and Olivia Rutazibwa.