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Dr Sara de Jong
Senior Lecturer



Before joining the Politics Department at the University of York, Sara de Jong was a Research Fellow at the Open University's Research Area Citizenship and Governance, where she co-led the ‘Justice, Borders, Rights’ stream. She obtained her PhD in Politics (2010) from the University of Nottingham, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice.

She has held (visiting) fellowships at the University of Vienna (EU FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship), University of Goettingen, the International Institute of Social Studies (the Hague), the University of Leeds, the Jan van Eyck academy and the University of Nottingham.

Areas of Interest

Her areas of interests include the politics of NGOs and (global) civil society; migration and refugees, in particular support and advocacy initiatives; (post)colonialism, race and racism; gender, sexuality and feminist politics; the role of brokers in international development, conflict and migration; co-optation of radical politics and complicity.



She currently conducts research on the claims to 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 advocates, including veterans, lawyers and civil society activists.

Read more about the research and its impact in The Conversation and openDemocracy, or listen to the Talking Migration podcast ‘Why don’t Afghan interpreters get to stay?’. 

Her broader areas of interests concern the politics of unequal encounters in a global world, more specifically politics of NGOs and (global) civil society; migration and refugees, in particular support and advocacy initiatives; (post)colonialism, race and racism; gender, sexuality and feminist politics; the role of brokers in international development, conflict and migration; and processes of co-optation of radical politics and complicity.


Selected publications

Her PhD research was published as a monograph with Oxford University Press (2017) in the Gender and IR book series under the title Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides

The book has been reviewed in Times Higher EducationInternational Affairs, the LSE Review of BooksSociologyInternational Feminist Journal of Politics, and Women’s Studies International Forum.

Other selected publications include:



Foundations of International Thought

Other teaching

Sara is interested in critical pedagogy and innovation in learning. She co-edited the edited volume Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning with Rosalba Icaza and Olivia Rutazibwa (Routledge 2018) and the (open access) special issue 'Decolonising the University' with Rosalba Icaza, Rolando Vázquez, and Sophie Withaeckx  (2017), Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Dutch Journal for Gender Studies). 

Together with Sanne Koevoets, she edited the book Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives: The Power of Information (CEU Press). Free download available

External activities


Impact and Engagement

In November 2017, she was invited to give oral evidence to the Defence Select Committee on Afghan locally employed civilians. Watch the session here. The Defence Select Committee's report was published in May 2018. Read also my response in The Conversation

Watch here one of her public talks, hosted at the Migration Museum in London in which academics and third sector representatives came together to problematise this ‘migrant as outsider’ discourse. The findings of her FP7 Marie Curie research project BrokerInG about refugee, migrant and ethnic minority staff of social sector organisations in the field of migration have been disseminated in blogs, workshops, and public lectures, for instance at the Migration Museum Project in London. Third Sector Dissemination Brochure Research Results Employing the Cultural Broker in the Governance of Migration and Integration, 2016.

She contributed to the 2017 and 2018 'Who are We' Tate Exchange, a week-long event on identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation at the Tate Modern museum, as part of The Open University Tate Exchange Associates' Consortium, and co-edited a special feature for openDemocracy ‘Who Are ‘We’ in a Moving World?’.

Professional Service

Sara de Jong is on the international advisory board of the Rowman & Littlefield International book series 'Studies in Social and Global Justice', and associate editorial board member of Sociological Research Online.

She is board member (and former co-chair) of Atgender: the European Association for Gender Research, Education, and Documentation and affiliated researcher at the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS), University of Amsterdam.

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Contact details

Dr Sara de Jong
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323567

Feedback and Guidance hours, Online appointments (Autumn term) - Tuesdays 14:00-15:00 & Wednesdays 10:00-11:00