Jonathan Fox joined the faculty of the School of International Service at American University in August, 2013, to teach development studies. At SIS, he is currently in the “Zero Year,” with a soft launch of a new Accountability Research Center that will partner with public interest groups, thanks to initial funding from the Hewlett and Ford Foundations.
Fox came 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 studied comparative politics, political economy, development studies and political sociology. He then taught in the MIT Political Science department (1988-1995).
His research interests include transparency and accountability, democratization, social movements, social and environmental policy, transnational civil society, immigration, race, ethnicity and youth studies. His current research focuses on accountability reforms around the world, with a long-term focus on Mexican rural development policy. He works with the Open Government Partnership, serving as a founding member of the International Expert Panel of its Independent Reporting Mechanism. In 2014 and 2015, he presented work on how to interpret evaluation research on the impacts of citizen engagement with the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, collaborated with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative on a blog and report that assesses governance-oriented multi-stakeholder initiatives and co-authored a background paper for the 2016 World Development Report on whether government service delivery agencies respond to ICT-enabled citizen voice initiatives (also published in a special issue of the IDS Bulletin on “Opening Governance”).
His current work on Mexican rural development includes collaboration with the public interest website subsidiosalcampo.org.mx, and partnerships with civic groups in southern Mexico on monitoring social and agricultural policies. He also edited the Mexico Rural Development Research Report series, published online by the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
His teaching focuses on public interest advocacy, collective action and policy reform for public accountability, including interdisciplinary courses on action research, social science concepts and methods, accountability, Mexico and transnational civil society. His advising of doctoral students includes PhD dissertations completed at UC Santa Cruz (Politics, Sociology, Education, Anthropology, Environmental Studies), and in Mexico (CIESAS, UAZ, UACJ), as well as dissertations in progress at American University, US Santa Cruz and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. 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 also collaborates with a wide range of public interest groups, private 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 (Mexico) and the Community Agro-Ecology Network.
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