As a researcher, Jonathan is interested in how theoretical and methodological approaches from the social sciences, history and philosophy can be combined to understand and engage with concepts that shape the contemporary world.
He is currently a doctoral candidate in philosophy and the history of ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London (studying under Professor Andrew Bowie). Additionally he is Research Associate at the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought and the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam and Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University.
His thesis is titled “Reason, Language and Experience in German Philosophy from 1759 to 1960″ – and particularly focuses on the works of Immanuel Kant, Johann Georg Hamann, Johann Gottfried Herder, Friedrich Schlegel, Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis), Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer.
He has a chapter titled “Hamann, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein on the Language of Philosophers” in Hamann and the Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2012). For other publications see this page.
In addition to his doctoral research, he is undertaking research projects on the politics of transparency and on how journalists can utilise approaches from the social sciences to enhance coverage of complex issues.