Jon is Reader in Postcolonialism and the Maghreb in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. He joined King’s in 2005 after completing his PhD in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is a member of both the Board of Advisory Editors for the Middle East Journal and the ESRC’s Peer Review College. He has provided expert opinion on North Africa to a range of public and private organisations including the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development, Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Energy Council.
Jon’s research examines and compares political processes, structures and cultures in contemporary North Africa and, increasingly, the wider Middle East. His most recent book, Democratisation in the Maghreb, draws on Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way’s democratisation model to chart and compare the political development of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania over the past 10 years.