Joshua Z. Walker is the Director of Programs at the Congo Research Group. He has been working in and researching the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 2004. Before joining CIC, he was a research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also worked for The Carter Center and the UN Peacekeeping mission in the DRC.
His research--on politics, economy, and culture in the DRC—sits at the intersection of academic knowledge and policymaking. It has included work on extractive economies and their social effects, public culture, and conflict and politics in the DRC.
Walker holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in anthropology and development from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in political science from McGill University.