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Dr Jonathan C Agensky

JonathanAgenskyLSE Fellow
Programme for African Leadership
Department of International Development







Jonathan Agensky is currently an LSE Fellow in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in Politics and International Studies. His research is broadly situated within interpretive IR, drawing on international historical sociology, postcolonial/ African studies, and social and political theory.

Jonathan’s research addresses contemporary and historical intersections of religion and international political order and the importance of non-state actors for managing contemporary episodes of crisis. He is particularly interested in the social dimensions of security, relief, and development regimes; the socially productive interconnections they occasion between the global North and South; and the internal heterogeneity of global governance as an extension of the liberal imperial project. His doctoral dissertation, entitled ‘Aid, Advocacy, and Global Christendom: The Politics of Evangelical Humanitarianism in South Sudan’, conducts an in-depth historical case study of how Christian groups of the global North involved themselves in the international politics of Sudan’s second civil war (1983-2005) and South Sudan’s subsequent 2011 independence.

Jonathan also holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto, specializing in anthropology and majoring in religious studies, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in International Relations. He was a managing editor of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, was an International Fox Fellow at Yale University, and was a Visiting Research Associate at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs (Georgetown University).

Research interests:

  • Religion and world politics
  • Globalization, global governance, and North-South relations
  • Religiously identified humanitarianism and political advocacy
  • Transnational social movements and non-state actors
  • Global historical sociology, critical International Relations theory, social and political theory

Selected publications:

2013 Agensky, Jonathan. ‘“Dr. Livingstone, I presume”: Evangelicals, Africa, and Faith-Based Humanitarianism’, Global Society, 27(4): 454-474.

2012 Agensky, Jonathan, and J., Barker. ‘Indonesia and the Liberal Peace: Recovering Southern Agency in Global Governance’. Globalizations 9(1):107-124. Reprinted in P. Amar, Ed., Global South to the Rescue: Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries. Taylor & Francis.

Contact details

Email: ja413@cam.ac.uk| | j.agensky@lse.ac.uk|