Courtney Jung

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  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics
  • Development Studies


  • MESc, Tufts University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Yale University

Courtney Jung

MA Supervisor, Department of Political Science


Professor Jung works on identity and identity formation at the intersection of comparative politics and contemporary political theory. Her books engage normative debates about liberalism, multiculturalism, and democratic participation through research into political identity formation, mainly in South Africa and Mexico. She has received awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2009-2013), Fulbright New Century Scholars Program (2003), the Mellon Foundation (2002-2004), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2001-2002). She was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2001-2002, and has held visiting positions at Yale University, Central European University, and University of Cape Town. Her publications include The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical liberalism and the Zapatistas (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and Then I Was Black: South African Political Identities in Transition (Yale University Press, 2000). She has also written about the truth and reconciliation commission in Canada. Her current research tracks the constitutional entrenchment of economic and social rights. Her dataset is publicly available online at www.tiesr.org.

Research Interests

  • Identity and Identity Formation at the Intersection of Comparative Politics and Comtemporary Political Theory

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