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Jonathan Phillips

Assistant Professor

Dr. J.P. Phillips
+31 71 527 2727

Jonathan Phillips is an Assistant Professor in Developmental Politics at the Institute of Political Science.

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Jonathan Phillips is an Assistant Professor in Developmental Politics at the Institute of Political Science.

His research focuses on the political economy and comparative politics of developing countries, seeking to understand the political roots of effective governance. His current research projects focus on:

  • Explaining why some politicians abandon clientelism and introduce governance reforms even in poor countries, using data collected from subnational units across multiple federal countries;
  • Understanding how the economic mobilisation of women in India will affect their political participation and local governance;
  • Measuring how working for the public sector affects teachers’ political attitudes and policy preferences in Brazil;
  • Investigating how the information and influences embedded in social relationships affect citizens’ willingness to accept the Covid-19 vaccine in Nigeria;
  • Evaluating how income inequality affects the delivery of public services in Brazilian municipalities.

Jonathan has experience working and conducting field research in Nigeria, Brazil and India, and while at the Institute of Political Science will be on leave from the University of São Paulo where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. His teaching focuses on the politics of governance and international development and he has previously taught courses on data analysis for the social sciences, causal inference and the comparative politics of institutions.

Curriculum vitae Jonathan Phillips

PhD supervision

Jonathan is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:

  • Politics of Development
  • Comparative politics of developing countries
  • Governance Reforms
  • Politics of public health

See more information on PhD positions:

Institute of Political Science: PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 5B23



  • MIT Gov/Lab Research Affiliate
  • University of São Paulo Supervision of Masters and PhD students
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