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Jessica Breakey

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2015

Jessica is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand where she lecturers an interdisciplinary course on Sociology and Technology. Broadly she explores questions of responsive and responsible technology.

Jessica has worked as a researcher for the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and the Human Science Research Council (HSRC). She has published articles in the Journal of Moral Education and the Oxford Handbook for Global South Youth Studies. She co-authored Moral Eyes: Youth and Justice in Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa with the HSRC Press (2018).

Jessica was a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in residence in 2015 during which she completed her honours degree in African Studies at UCT. Since then she has graduated with an MA by research in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand where she looked at the role of fire in protests and an MPhil in Sociology of Media and Culture from Cambridge University where her research focused on race and digitality. She was awarded the Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship and the Chevening Scholarship respectively.

With the support of the Shaun Johnson Memorial Scholarship Jessica will try to better understand the movement of African migrants across the Mediterranean. She hopes to move beyond critiques of toxic humanitarianism and think about how we can start to build alternative infrastructures of solidarity.

She loves exploring public parks in Johannesburg with her dog Milly and is incredibly proud that she knows the name of almost every dog in Emmarentia Park.

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