Jesse Jonkman

Postdoctoral Fellow



Jesse Jonkman is a cultural anthropologist with a keen interest in the themes of state formation, resource extraction, multiculturalism, infrastructure, and environmental politics. He obtained a BA (2011) and MA (2014, cum laude) in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University. In 2016, he was selected as a PhD Candidate in the Latin American Studies Programme, for which he carried out his doctoral research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

He completed his PhD in 2021 (cum laude) with a dissertation that focused on the everyday politics of wildcat gold mining in the Colombian region of Chocó. His dissertation won the J.C. Ruigrok Prize of the Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities (best dissertation in the social sciences at a Dutch university in the past four years), as well as the Faculty of Social Sciences Dissertation Award of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Jonkman is currently carrying out postdoctoral research for the University of New Brunswick and the Vrije Universiteit. His research is funded by the Dutch Research Council and explores hybrid governance regimes in mining zones in Colombia. Specifically, he looks at the dynamics of conflict and cohabitation that emerge between different actors in these regimes (small-scale miners, landholders, corporations, state actors, non-state armed groups, rivers, mountains).

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