Joel Pearson


Joel Pearson recently completed his Masters degree in History, at Wits. In 2012 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political and International Studies with distinction from Rhodes University. Joel believes that practical engagement with local histories serves to reveal a diversity of new perspectives of the world, sensitize one’s research methods to present realities, and humanize one’s own perspective.


Pearson, Joel., ‘Witchcraft Management in the Transvaal: Negotiating Colonial Law’, PARI working paper , Forthcoming

Pearson, Joel., ‘Changing ideas of Witchcraft in the Civilising Mission’, PARI working paper, Forthcoming

Pearson, Joel., ‘Documents as Political Tools in Local Government’, PARI working paper, Forthcoming

Phadi, Mosa. Pearson, Joel. & Lessafre, Thomas. ‘Rethinking Patronage’, PARI working paper, Forthcoming

State-Building in South Africa after Apartheid: The History of the National Treasury, February 2016