- PhD, Political Science, MIT, 1986
BA, Politics, Princeton, 1980
- Languages Spoken
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- SIS Atrium
- Jonathan Fox directs the Accountability Research Center, which bridges research and frontline perspectives to learn from strategies to improve public accountability.
SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation
SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation
Transparency and accountability, democratization, governance and participation, social and environmental policy, transnational civil society, immigration and youth civic/political engagement. Current projects address reform strategies for trasparency, participation and accountability, with a focus on the global South.
- FTA 2020 Science Conference: Forest, trees and agroforestry science for transformational change, Keynote address, Sept. 17, 2020
- Keynote address: Accountability_keywords: From participation to accountable governance,” FTA Science Conference, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, Sept. 17, 2020
- "The Political Construction of Accountability Keywords: Lessons from Action-Research," Keynote address, TICTeC 2018, March, Lisbon
- Panelist, "Social and Political Action for Empowerment and Accountability," Carnegie Endowment/IDS/ARC, Nov. 2, 2017
- Rethinking the Evidence: Tactical vs Strategic Approaches," World Bank MOOC on Citizen Engagement, March, 2015
- Co-editor (2013-2018) Subsidios al Campo [website on who gets Mexican farm subsidies] - 3.0 version launched in September 2013, 20m + hits.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Outstanding Contributions to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship, SIS, 2018, 2023
- Outstanding Faculty Mentor, SIS, 2016
- Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Mentoring Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Graduate Students in Political Science, American Political Science Association, 2013
- LASA/OXFAM 2004 Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship
- [with Julia Fischer-Mackey], "Pitfalls of Slippery Indicators: The Importance of Reading Between the Lines," Development in Practice, 2022
- [with Xochitl Bada] "Persistent Rurality in Mexico and ‘The Right to Stay Home,’" Journal of Peasant Studies, 49(1), 2022
- "Accountability Keywords," Accountability Working Paper, 11, January 2022
- "Contested Terrain: International Development Projects and Countervailing Power for the Excluded," World Development, 133, Sept., 2020
- "The Political Construction of Accountability Keywords," IDS Bulletin, 49(2), March, 2018
- "Scaling Accountability Through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy," IDS Working Paper, Dec. 2016
- [with Joy Aceron] "Doing Accountability Differently: A Proposal for the Vertical Integration of Civil Society Monitoring and Advocacy," U4 Issue Paper, No. 4, Bergen: Chr Michelsen Institute, 2016
- [co-authored with Tiago Peixoto] "When Does ICT-Enabled Citizen Voice Lead to Governmental Responsiveness?" 2016 World Development Report Background Paper, January 2016 (also published, abridged, in IDS Bulletin, 47(1) January 2016)
- "Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say?," World Development, No. 72, August, 2015
- "Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say?," GPSA Working Paper, No. 1, Sept. 2014 (Global Partnership for Social Accountability - also in Arabic, Spanish and French translations)
- Co-editor, Oaxacalifornian Reporting Team, Voices of Indigenous Oaxacan Youth in the Central Valley: Creating Our Sense of Belonging in California, UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, 2013.
- Co-editor, Subsidizing Inequality: Mexican Corn Policy Since NAFTA, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars/CIDE/UC Santa Cruz, 2010.
- Co-editor, Context Matters: Latino Civic Engagement in Nine U.S. Cities, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010.
- Co-author, “Rural Democratization in Mexico’s Deep South: Grassroots Right-to-Know Campaigns in Guerrero,” Journal of Peasant Studies, 36(2), 2009.
- Co-author, “Migrant Organization and Hometown Impacts in Rural Mexico,” Journal of Agrarian Change, 8(2-3), May, 2008.
- Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico, Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Co-editor, Mexico’s Right-to-Know Reforms: Civil Society Perspectives, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars/Fundar, 2007.
Area of Expertise
Mexico, transparency, accountability, citizen participation, Hispanics, immigration, migrants
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.