Jonathan Rosenberg

  • Professor of Political Science

Jonathan Rosenberg served as chair of the Department of Social Sciences in Lewis College of Science and Letters from 2014 to 2020. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Tech, Professor Rosenberg taught briefly at the University of California, Los Angeles; UC Santa Barbara; and Whittier College. From 1993 through 2014 he was a member of the political science faculty of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research interests span a wide range of topics related to political development in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the affects of development aid on stakeholder participation in environmentally sustainable development; Cuban political economy; Mexican parties and interest groups; and accountability in global environmental governance. He has also published on the political economy of oil in Alaska. His fieldwork has taken him to Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Argentina and Washington D.C. He is author and co-author of several papers, book chapters and books on economic and political development and participatory practices in environmental management.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science (1992)
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science (1982)
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, Political Science (1980)

Research Interests

Environmentally sustainable development

Stakeholder participation in environmental management

Development assistance, agency and accountability

Latin American and Caribbean political and economic development

Global political economy


Articles and book chapters:

“Transnational Advocacy and the Politics of Sustainable Development in a Small Island Developing State: An Uncertain Future for the Grenada Dove.” Journal of Environment and Development (2018). DOI: 10.1177/1070496518756163.

“More than a Question of Agency: Privatized Project Implementation, Accountabilities, and Global Environmental Governance.” Review of Policy Research, 34 (2017): 10-30.

“Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Recovery: The Sustainability Questions in Post-Ivan Grenada.” In Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges, edited by DeMond Miller and Jason Rivera. London: Auerbach, 2011.

“Development Assistance, the Environment, and Stakeholder Participation: Toward a New Conditionality?” In Globalization and Uncertainty, edited by Fernando Lopez-Alves and Diane Johnson, 145-178. New York and London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007.

“Sustainable Development of Biodiversity Resources in the Eastern Caribbean: Triple Alliances and Policy Implementation.” Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, 9 (2006): 247-263.

(With L. Spencer Thomas) “Participating or Just Talking? Sustainable Development Councils and the Implementation of Agenda 21.” Global Environmental Politics 5, 2 (2005): 61-87.


Jerry McBeath, Matthew Berman, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Mary Ehrlander. The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska: Multinationals vs. the State. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2008.

Jerry McBeath and Jonathan Rosenberg. Comparative Environmental Politics. Dortrecht NL: Springer, 2006.

Jonathan Rosenberg

Contact Information

312.567.5188 312.567.6821 Siegel Hall 116A