Jonathan Blake

Jonathan Blake

Political Scientist, 2020-2021 Berggruen Fellow

Biography

Jonathan Blake is a political scientist and the author of Contentious Rituals: Parading the Nation in Northern Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has previously worked at the RAND Corporation, Columbia Global Policy Initiative, and the Chumir Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Columbia University and B.A. from UC Berkeley, all in political science. At Berggruen, Blake is writing a book with Nils Gilman on multi-scalar governance. The book will argue that contemporary governance institutions, principally the nation-state, are incommensurate with the scale of many of the most pressing problems facing humanity. These problems are planetary in nature, while their effects on populations are locally specific. Nation-states cannot govern well at either level, so the book will propose new systems of governance, at both the planetary and local levels, appropriate for the present and coming threats to our shared future.