Jonathan B. Isacoff

Political Science Department
Environmental Studies Department
Box 52, Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA 99258-0052

Office: College Hall 419
Fax: 509-313-5718


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2002
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1998
M.P.A. Cornell University, 1995
B.A. Cornell University, 1992


Professor Isacoff joined the Political Science Department in 2004.  He was also the founding chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Gonzaga and served in that role from 2006 till 2015.  He received his B.A. and M.P.A. at Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at 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.

Jon’s book, Writing the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Pragmatism and Historical Inquiry (Lexington Books, 2006) examines interpretations of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as the broader issue of political science historical research.  Jon has published articles, book chapters, and book reviews on international security, historical interpretation, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Iraq War, and the political thought of John Dewey.  His most recent articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, the flagship journal of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Journal of Political Science Education, Perspectives on Political Science, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and International Relations.