Jonathan Fox joined the faculty of the School of International Service at American University in August, 2013, where he teaches in the International Development Program. He comes to Washington DC from the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He began teaching at UCSC in 1996, and served twice as chair of the LALS Department. He has held fellowships in Washington, D.C. with the Council on Foreign Relations (1995-1996) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2004-2005). He received his PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, where he later served on the faculty (1988-1995).
His long-term research interests include transparency and accountability, democratization, governance, social movements, social and environmental policy, transnational civil society, immigration, race, ethnicity and youth studies. His current research focuses on international open government reforms and Mexican rural development policy. He works with the Mexican public interest website subsidiosalcampo.org.mx, and collaborates with civic groups in southern Mexico to develop their capacity to monitor social investment and agricultural policies. He also works with the Open Government Partnership, serving on the International Expert Panel of its Independent Reporting Mechanism. In addition, three years of action-research partnerships recently produced bilingual research reports on California Latino youth civic engagement with the UCSC Chicano-Latino Research Center and the UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California.
His teaching focuses on political participation, social change and policy reform, including interdisciplinary courses on Mexico, social science concepts and methods, action-research and transnational civil society. He advises graduate students with shared interests at a wide range of universities, including PhD dissertations recently completed at UC Santa Cruz (Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Environmental Studies), and in Mexico (CIESAS, UAZ, UACJ). He also mentors students interested in field internships and action-research. The American Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession recently awarded him the Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Mentoring Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Graduate Latino/a Students in Political Science.
Jonathan Fox collaborates with a wide range of public interest groups, foundations, public sector organizations and social organizations, with a focus on policy analysis, program evaluation, impact assessment, capacity-building, strategic planning, as well as board service.
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