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Jonathan Fox

Professor School of International Service

Jonathan Fox focuses on the relationship between citizen participation. transparency and accountability, from both scholarly and practitioner perspectives. He has carried out extensive research in rural Mexico, and with Latino immigrant organizations in the US. His projects involve dialogue with a wide range of public interest groups, grassroots organizations, development agencies, private foundations and government policymakers. He is currently launching a new "action-research incubator" at SIS: the Accountability Research Center.


PhD, Political Science, MIT, 1986 BA, Politics, Princeton, 1980

SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 224
flexible, by email appt
Contact Info
(202) 885-6231

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See Also
Professor Fox's website

Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Spring 2017

    • SIS-635 Adv Topics in Development Mgmt: Social Accountability
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Transparency and accountability, democratization, governance and participation, social and environmental policy, transnational civil society, immigration and youth civic/political engagement. Current projects address international open government reforms, social accountability, transparency and accountability in Mexican rural development policy, and Latino civic participation.

Selected Publications

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor, SIS, 2016
  • Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Mentoring Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Graduate Students in Political Science, 2013
  • LASA/OXFAM 2004 Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship


AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

green chemistry, green flame retardants

Additional Information:

Fox's group focuses on measuring physical, chemical, and thermal properties of alternative (or "green") solutions and polymer nanocomposites.  The three main current projects are polymer nanocomposites using additives prepared from natural materials, green solvents and their solutions, and kinetics of metathesis reactions.  The majority of work is conducted on the AU campus; however, some measurements must be acquired in collaboration with groups at the NIST in nearby Gaithersburg, MD.

Media Relations
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