prof Jansen







Jonathan Jansen is the Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch. He is also President of the South African Academy of Science and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations.

He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after receiving his science degree from the University of the Western Cape. He obtained a MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University.

In 2013, he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York, the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights, and he has also won the largest book award from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities for his book, “Knowledge in the Blood”.

His latest books include “Inequality in South African schools” (with Nic Spaull) and “Making Love in a War Zone” which concerns interracial intimacies among university students.

He is a stubborn supporter of the Blue Bulls, Orlando Pirates and his amazing granddaughter Zara Lydia Jansen.