B.A. (Toronto); M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's)
Canadian Politics, mass media, political communication, political advertising, propaganda. More recently he has been interested in the practice of deliberative democracy and the demands such experiments make on citizens and governments.
Jonathan studied at University of Toronto and Queen's where he received his Ph.D. In addition to Queen's he has taught courses at the International Studies Centre (Herstmonceux, UK), Charles University in Prague, Bratislava, Slovakia and Kwansei Gakuin in Osaka, Japan where he was the Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies. In 2008, Jonathan was a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
He is the author of Making Pictures in our Heads, Government Advertising in Canada (New York: Praeger Press, 2000). He is also the co-editor of Canada: the State of the Federation, 1998 and is the lead author of First Ministers’ Conference, the Art of Negotiation, a simulation exercise published by Broadview Press and translated into three languages. His most recent book co-written with Patrick Fournier, Henk Van der Kolk and R. Kenneth Carty is When Citizens Decide: Lessons from Citizens' Assemblies on Electoral Reform (Oxford, 2011).
Jonathan's teaching is varied. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Canadian politics, political communication, federalism, the mass media, electoral systems, intergovernmental relations and public policy. In 2010 he received the Frank Knox Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011, Jonathan was the recipient of W.J. Barnes Teaching Excellence Award.
He has provided advice to the Auditor General of Canada on government advertising and sponsorship, and is a member of the Advertising Review Board for the Auditor General of Ontario, a board that enforces legislation regulating government advertising in Ontario. In 2006, he had the privilege of being the Academic Director of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform, the first such body in Ontario and second in the world.
When Citizens’ Decide: Lessons From Citizens Assemblies, co-written with André Blais, R. Kenneth Carty, Patrick Fournier and Henk van der Kolk (London: Macmillan, 2011)
“Taming the Untamable? Constraints on Limits on Government Advertising” in Kristin Kozolanka (ed), Publicity and the Canadian State (Oxford Press, 2011)
“The Branding of States: The Uneasy Marriage of Marketing and Politics”, Journal of Political Marketing 9:4 (Winter 2010)
“Are Negative Ads Positive? Political Advertising and the Permanent Campaign” in David Taras & Christopher Waddell (eds.), How Canadians Communicate Politically(Athabasca University Press, 2011)
“The Media” (with Paul Nesbitt-Larking) in John Courtney and David Smith (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics(Oxford Press, 2010)
“Institutionalizing Participation Through Citizen Assemblies” in Bill Cross and Jon Pammett (eds.) Activating the Citizen: Dilemmas of Citizen Participation in Europe and Canada (London: Palgrave, 2010)
“Civic Engagement and the Promise of a New Citizenry” Occasional Paper #2, (The Australia & New Zealand School of Government/Government of Victoria, AU, 2009)