Jonathan W. Rosen



I'm an independent journalist writing widely from the developing world—with a particular focus on East Africa and Africa's Great Lakes region.

My stories, including features, analysis, and narrative nonfiction, have been published by National GeographicAl Jazeera AmericaMIT Technology Review, Foreign PolicySlateRoads & KingdomsThe New York TimesThe Boston Globe, GlobalPostWorld Politics Review, and other outlets in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.

My most memorable reporting adventures include embedding with some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherers, investigating the shooting of a leading conservationist in eastern Congo, reporting on China's quest to emulate Kenya's distance running prowess, profiling Africa’s last absolute monarch, taking an up-close lens to Ethiopia’s so-called “developmental state, and chronicling a decades-old theatrical aggression ritual along the border of India and Pakistan. I’ve also written extensively about the post-genocide transformation of Rwanda, where I was based from 2010-2011 and 2014-2016, and spent 2016 as a fellow of the Washington, DC-based Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funded my reporting of articles related to foreign investment in African industryagriculturerenewable energy, and e-commerce. I’m increasingly drawn to stories related to global changes in climate, technology, and demographics, and their impact on the economics and geopolitics of the wider developing world.

In addition to my reporting, I’ve worked as an independent analyst for the political risk consulting firms Eurasia Group and AT-RISK International; as a consultant for GIZ and Rotary International; as web content editor at the Boston-based public health NGO Pathfinder International; and as a book critic for USA Today, where I reviewed more than a dozen non-fiction titles related to global political economy. I’m a one-time winner and two-time finalist at the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards in London.

A native of Amherst, Massachusetts, I'm a graduate of Tufts University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC.