Sean Jacobs holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of London and a M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University.
He is currently writing a book on the intersection of mass media, globalization and liberal democracy in post-apartheid South Africa. Jacobs founded Africa is a Country in 2009. It started as an outlet to challenge the received wisdom about Africa from a left perspective, informed by his experiences of resistance movements to Apartheid. Since then it has grown in size to include a larger geographic scope and, crucially, launched the careers of a number of young African and diaspora writers, scholars and artists to a point where as the South African newspaper Mail & Guardian concluded: “Try as you might, it is hard not to turn an online corner in Africa without bumping into Africa is a Country.”
Today, with a team of editors, and over 500 contributors, it features online commentary, original writing, media criticism, videos, audio, and photography, becoming one of the leading intellectual voices in the African online media sphere.
Project title: How to write new narratives about Africa
Sean would like to bring fresh, progressive narratives about Africa and deepen understanding of the diverse issues related to narrative and social justice.