Jonathan E. Collins
Urban politics, democratic representation, racial and ethnic politics, and school board governance
Jonathan E. Collins is a Non-Residential Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Collins is also a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Political Science and Education at Brown University. His research and teaching focus on urban politics, democratic representation, racial and ethnic politics, and school board governance. He also has interest in minority political behavior. His dissertation and current book project, Democracy Speaks: Rethinking Schools and Local Governance, demonstrates that both the way that residents feel about local government and the actual school board policies and outcomes produced by school boards both begin with the extent to which school boards establish a culture of deliberation with the public. However, the project also illustrates the way in which the racial context of cities can make-or-break the prospects of deliberation.
Collins is the author of journal articles that have appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Local Government Studies, and the Harvard Journal of African-American Policy. He has also had public commentary published in the Washington Post. He holds both a Ph.D. in Political Science (2017) and an M.A. in African-American Studies (2012) from the University of California – Los Angeles as well as a B.A. in English (2011) from Morehouse College.