Jonathan Fox, Ph.D.

American University
School of International Service
"If we want to understand migrant civic, social, and political engagement, then leaders who directly represent migrants need to have seats at the table  -to participate in setting the agendas as well as in responding to them. This means working in partnership."

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. Prior to this, he was in 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).

Professor Fox's 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, 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.