Jonathan S. Blake

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Associate Political Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in political science, Columbia University; M.A. in political science, Columbia University; B.A. in political science, UC Berkeley


Jonathan Blake is an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research interests include ethnicity, nationalism, and religion; conflict and post-conflict societies; social movements and collective political mobilization; forced migration; and transnational criminal networks. Prior to joining RAND, he was a visiting fellow at the Columbia Global Policy Initiative; research director of the Chumir Foundation's global policy conference, the Congress of Vienna 2015; and a consultant to the UN Development Program in Liberia and the International Rescue Committee in Sierra Leone. Blake's first book, Contentious Rituals: Parading the Nation in Northern Ireland, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected Publications

Jonathan Blake, Contentious Rituals: Parading the Nation in Northern Ireland, Oxford University Press, 2019