Policy Analysis

Jonathan A. Solis

Research Scientist


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Jonathan A. Solis is a Research Scientist at AidData. He is part of the Policy Analysis Unit (PAU), which produces data, tools, and analysis for governments and organizations to increase the effectiveness of their development cooperation and public diplomacy efforts. As part of the PAU, Jonathan conducts quantitative analysis and contributes to the framing, writing, interpretations, and presentation of study findings. Specifically, he served as the technical lead for the Silk Road Diplomacy and Influencing the Narrative reports. He currently leads a USAID-funded project examining Kremlin influence in European and Eurasian media in countries previously part of the Soviet Bloc.

Ph.D., Department of Political Science, University of Houston

M.A., Political Science, University of New Orleans

B.A., Mass Communication, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

Prior to joining AidData, Jonathan worked as a research assistant at the University of Houston (UH) and a research associate at the Machine-assisted Human Decision-making (MAHD) Lab at UH. He also spent four years as a resource coordinator for the City of New Orleans focused on post-Hurricane Katrina redevelopment projects. He also taught American and Texas politics courses at Lone Star College.

Jonathan holds a PhD in Political Science and focuses his research on democratization, media freedom, and research methodology. He has presented his work at numerous academic conferences, including the International Studies Association (ISA) and American Political Science Association (APSA) annual conferences. Jonathan has also published peer-reviewed academic work in Political Communication, the British Journal of Political Science, and International Interactions, among others.

Areas of Focus

Quantitative analysis, research design, latent variable modeling, comparative analysis, democratization, media freedom, media resilience, text analysis, physical integrity of journalists and media personnel