Faculty

Jonathan M. Sears

Associate Dean, Menno Simons College
Associate Professor of International Development Studies

Jonathan M. Sears

Program(s)

International Development Studies
MA Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development

Email

j.sears:@:uwinnipeg.ca

Phone

204-953-3857

Office

MS111, 520 Portage Ave.

As Associate Dean of Menno Simons College (MSC), Jon Sears oversees the daily operation of  Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) programs affliated with the University of Winnipeg: International Development Studies (IDS) and Conflict Resolution Studies (CRS).

Jon approaches International Development Studies and Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa in English, et en Français from a multi-disciplinary background in political studies, philosophy, and anthropology.

Areas of Teaching

Development: Ethics, Aid Policies, Development Theory, African Politics, Political Theory,

Education

PhD, Political Studies, Queens University (Kingston, ON), 2007; MA, Political Philosophy, Brock University (St. Catharines, ON), 1999; B.A., Honours Anthropology, Saint Thomas University (Fredericton, NB), 1994

Work in Detail

Teaching

Menno Simons College Campus

  • Introduction to International Development Studies (IDS)
  • Participatory Local Development
  • An Analysis of Development Aid Policies Fall 2021
  • Senior Seminar in IDS | PCD Seminar in Social Change Winter 2022
  • Crisis, Humanitarian Aid, and Development
  • Regional Development Issues: West African Sahel
  • Development Ethics
  • Development Theory
  • Honours IDS Thesis
  • Conflict and Construction of the Other (Conflict Resolution Studies & IDS)

CMU Shaftesbury Campus

  • Global Politics
  • Comparative Politics of Development: Africa
  • Gender and Politics        
  • Social and Political Philosophy

 

Research

Jon seeks to place events in Mali and Sahelian Africa in historical and cultural context as the focus of recent writing, and as part of ongoing investigation of how citizen identity in African contexts is rooted in multiple cultures, and how these political cultures are affected by responses by individuals and groups to economic and political liberalization, and post-conflict peaceabuildng at the interface of international and national actors and institutions.

Related are Jon's other research engagements and projects,

Applied

  • 2016. Mennonite Central Committee Country Program Review: Chad (Review Team Leader).
  • 2012. "Becoming the men 'we might become'" (Letter to editor In response to Klassen, D., "Shifting Male roles. Canadian Mennonite May 28, 2012)." Canadian Mennonite 16(14). 9 July. www.canadianmennonite.org/articles/readers-write-32

Community

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