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Jonathan Collins

Assistant Professor of Education, Political Science, and International and Public Affairs


Jonathan E. Collins is an assistant professor of Education, political science (by courtesy), and International and Public Affairs. He holds affiliations with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. His research focuses on race and ethnic politics, urban politics, state and local politics, and questions of democracy. His scholarship has been published in the American Political Science Review, Political Behavior, the Peabody Journal of Education, the Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, the American Political Science Association's Susan Clarke Young Scholar Award, and the Brown University Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of California -Los Angeles (UCLA) as well as a B.A. in English from Morehouse College.


Professor Collins's research focuses on the democratic behavior of American political institutions as well as the political behavior of People of Color in the U.S., particularly African Americans. His work on democratic behavior centers on participatory and deliberative democracy. He is particularly interested in the capacity for the democratic innovations to improve the quality of schools in low-income minoritized communities. For his research on POC political behavior, he does work to help us better understand the factors that motivate POCs to engage in a range of political activities such as: vote in national and local elections, attend a school board meeting, and run for public office. His research as a whole aims to help us understand what is needed to push the U.S. closer to a functioning multi-racial society.


Collins, Jonathan. (2021). “Does the Meeting Style Matter? The Effects of Exposure to Participatory and Deliberative School Board Meetings.” American Political Science Review. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055421000320.  

Collins, Jonathan. (2021). “Should School Boards Be in Charge? The Effects of Exposure to Participatory and Deliberative School Board Meetings.” Peabody Journal of Education. (forthcoming). 

Collins, Jonathan, Eddie Lucero, and Jessica Trounstine (2020). “Will Concurrent Elections Shape the Electorate?” California Journal of Politics and Policy.  https://doi.org/10.5070/P2cjpp1150416  

Scott Jamil and Jonathan Collins. (2020). "Riled up about running for office: examining the impact of emotions on political ambition." Politics, Groups, and Identities. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/21565503.2020.1757806  

Collins, Jonathan. (2019)."Do Teachers Want Democracy? Deliberative Culture and Teachers’ Evaluations of Schools." Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1078087419869550  

Collins, Jonathan and Ray Block Jr. (2018). “Fired Up or Ready to Go? The Impact of Declining Enthusiasm on African American Political Participation in the Post-Obama Era.” Political Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-018-9488-y.  

Collins, Jonathan. (2018)."Urban representation through deliberation: A theory and test of deliberative democracy at the local level." Journal of Urban Affairs : 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2018.1427507


  • Policy Implementation in Education, Democracy and Education
  • Introduction to Education and Society: Foundations of Opportunity and Inequality
  • Race and Democracy in Urban Education Policy

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Connecting classrooms to Congress (Jonathan Collins cited)

July 28, 2021 UC Riverside News

A new civic education project for California high schoolers draws on the research of Jonathan Collins, who designs studies that show the value of incorporating elements of deliberation into school district and school-level decision-making.


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