Jonathan W. Rosen



I'm a freelance journalist covering international affairs—with a particular focus on East Africa and Africa's Great Lakes region.

My writing, including features, analysis, and narrative nonfiction, has been published by National GeographicMIT Technology Review, Al Jazeera America, The AtlanticForeign PolicySlateRoads & KingdomsThe New York TimesThe Boston Globe, GlobalPostWorld Politics Review, and other outlets in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.

In a decade as a journalist, I've reported on the fight between conservationists and oil interests in Africa's oldest national park, embedded with some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherers, profiled Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III, reported on China's quest to emulate Kenya's distance running prowess, 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 foreign investment in African industry, agriculture, renewable energy, and e-commerce. I’m currently a visiting lecturer at Tufts University, where I’m teaching a Fall 2019 course on international journalism.

I’ve also 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.

I'm a native of Amherst, Massachusetts and a graduate of Tufts 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.