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, served twice as chair of the LALS Department and became Emeritus Professor in 2014. 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 on monitoring social investment and agricultural policies. This includes editing the Mexico Rural Development Research Report series, published online by the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He also works with the Open Government Partnership, serving on the International Expert Panel of its Independent Reporting Mechanism. Recently he has been presenting work on how to interpret evaluation research on the impacts of citizen engagement with the Global Partnership for Social Accountability.
His teaching focuses on citizen efforts to influence the state, including interdisciplinary courses on Mexico, social science concepts and methods, accountability and transnational civil society. He advises graduate students 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. In 2013, the American Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession awarded him the Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Mentoring Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Graduate 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, public interest advocacy campaigns, capacity-building, strategic planning, as well as board service – currently with Oxfam-America, Fundar and the Community Agro-Ecology Network.
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