Dr. Jonathan Isacoff is Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Gonzaga University. Dr. Isacoff was the founding chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Gonzaga and served in that role from 2006 till 2015. He is a founding Board member...
Dr. Jonathan Isacoff is Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Gonzaga University. Dr. Isacoff was the founding chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Gonzaga and served in that role from 2006 till 2015. He is a founding Board member of the Gonzaga Institute for Climate, Water, and the Environment. He received his B.A. and M.P.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked previously as a Confidential Assistant to Governor Mario M. Cuomo of New York and as a consultant for MeretzUSA, an Israeli-American NGO based in New York. Dr. Isacoff’s book, Writing the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Pragmatism and Historical Inquiry (Roman & Littlefied/Lexington Books, 2006) examines interpretations of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as the broader issue of political science historical research. Dr. Isacoff’s most recent articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, one of the flagship journals of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Journal of Political Science Education, Perspectives on Political Science, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, International Relations, and Western Birds. Dr. Isacoff is actively involved in ornithology and outdoor recreation. He is currently a regional reviewer for the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology’s eBird citizen science project and a member of the Idaho Bird Records Committee (IBRC). He has also served on the boards of the Spokane Audubon Society and the Washington Ornithological Society (WOS), and as Hiking Committee Chair for the Spokane Mountaineers.
2006 Writing the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Pragmatism and Historical Inquiry. Lanham, MD: Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield.
• Reviewed by Motti Golani in Israel Studies Forum (Published by the Association for Israel Studies), Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer 2010. • Reviewed by Eyal Ben-Ari in H-Net (Humanities and Social Science Net), March 2007. • Reviewed by Ann M. Lesch in Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 36, Issue 2, Winter 2007. • Reviewed by Maurice J. Meilleur in Perspectives on Politics (Published by the American Political Science Association (APSA)), Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2007. • Reviewed in Middle East Journal, Vol. 61, Issue 1, Winter 2007. • Reviewed in Pitt Political Review. • Choice recommended title.
Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters
2020 “The Western Flycatcher Problem in Eastern Washington,” Washington Birds, Volume 13
2020 “A Deweyan Pragmatist View on Political Science Methods,” in Jeffrey Bernstein, Ed., Teaching Political Science Research Methodology, Edward Elgar Publishing.
2015 "On the Historical Imagination of IR: The Case for a 'Deweyan Reconstruction,'" reproduction of 2002 article in Halvard Leira and Benjamin de Carvalho, Eds., Historical International Relations, SAGE Library of International Affairs Collection. Sage Publications.
2015 “Why IR Needs Deweyan Pragmatism,” Perspectives on Political Science, Volume 44, No. 1.
2014 “Achieving what Political Science is for,” Journal of Political Science Education, Volume 10, No. 4.
2008 “Pragmatism, History, and IR,” in Harry Bauer and Elisabetta Brighi, Eds., Pragmatism in International Relations. London, UK: Routledge.
2005 “Writing the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Historical Bias and the Use of History in Political Science,” Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 3, No. 1.
2003 “Why Diplomacy Failed and How it could Have Succeeded,” in Art Shostak, Ed., Defeating Terrorism/Developing Dreams: Beyond 9/11 and the Iraq War, Vol. 3. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House.
2003 "Systemic Interpretations and the National Interest: Presidential “Lessons of Vietnam” International Relations, Vol. 17, No. 2. (With Wesley W. Widmaier).
2002 "On the Historical Imagination of IR: The Case for a 'Deweyan Reconstruction,'" Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 31, No. 3.
2020 Review of Tareq Baconi, Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance,American Historical Review (forthcoming)
2018 Review of John Chalcraft, Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, American Historical Review, Volume 123, Issue 3
2008 Review of Matthew Klingle, Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle, Columbia (June).
2003 Review of Douglas Little, American Orientalism, Intelligence and National Security, Volume 18, No. 3.
2003 Review of Michael Oren, Six Days of War, Intelligence and National Security, Volume 18, No. 3.
2002"Constructing Death: Norms, War, and Civilian Casualties." Review of Ward Thomas, The Ethics of Destruction, H-Diplo, H-Net Humanities and Sciences Online.
2000 Review of Keith Jenkins, Why History? Ethics and Postmodernity, International Studies Review, Vol. 2, No. 3.
1999 Review of Motti Golani, Israel in Search of a War, Israel Studies Bulletin.