Jok Madut Jok
Jok Madut Jok is a widely recognized specialist on the violence and conflict that has racked his homeland of South Sudan. He chairs the board of the Sudd Institute, a public policy research center based in South Sudan. He has served the National Dialogue informally with advice and ideas for the implementation of the consultation process.
Following the independence of South Sudan in 2011, Jok served for two years in the newly formed Government of South Sudan as an undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. He 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.
Jok has received fellowships from the United States Institute of Peace, the Rift Valley Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. His books include Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence (2007) and War and Slavery in Sudan (2001), and he is the co-editor of The Sudan Handbook (2010).
He is currently a history professor at Loyola Marymount University in California. Jok was educated in Egypt, Sudan, and the United States and holds a Ph.D. in the Anthropology of Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.