Jonathan W. Rosen

Writer/Journalist

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I'm an independent journalist reporting 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 GeographicMIT Technology Review, Al Jazeera AmericaForeign PolicySlateRoads & KingdomsThe New York TimesThe Boston Globe, GlobalPostWorld Politics Review, and other outlets in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.

In nearly a decade as a journalist, I've investigated the shooting of a leading conservationist in Congo, embedded with some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherers, profiled Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III of Swaziland, reported on China's quest to emulate Kenya's distance running success, and traveled to the border of India and Pakistan to chronicle a half-century old ritual of theatrical aggression. I’ve also written extensively about the post-genocide transformation of Rwanda, where I lived for several years, and spent 2016 as a fellow of the Washington, DC-based Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funded my reporting on the impact of foreign investment across the continent. I’m increasingly drawn to stories at the nexus of technology, environment and global geopolitics.

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 in greater Boston, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC. I currently split my time between New England and East Africa.