New Editorial Help from Jonathan Robinson

We’re pleased to have Jonathan Robinson contributing to The Monkey Cage for the next several months.  Jonathan is a senior at George Washington who intends to pursue a Ph.D. in political science.  He has already been involved in a lot of political science research himself, as the link above illustrates.  You’ll see him on the masthead at right.

Jonathan will be helping us with some back-end labors; for example, he will likely be the reason we finally get a Facebook page.  He will also be primarily in charge of writing two new recurring features:

  • “Graphiti,” where we’ll feature a particularly interesting graph with minimal supporting text.  This feature taps the blog’s interest in the display of quantitative information and will also give the blog more visual pizazz .

  • A weekly “round-up” of political science research.  (We still need a catchy name for this feature.)  The purpose of the round-up is to link to more political science research than we currently do.  The round-up will also focus on research that speaks to the week’s events. A lot of this research will be new or newly published, but we will also draw on older pieces when they are relevant.

You may also see him post other things from time to time.  We’re glad to have him aboard.

4 Responses to New Editorial Help from Jonathan Robinson

  1. Richard Bridger September 8, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Surely the catchy name for the round-up can invoke rounding errors / margins of confidence etc?

    Can I add one other bit of feedback. I did political science as a Masters but read this as a layman rather than a scholar. Occasionally it gets quite scholarly focused, with huge and interminable debates about stuff I just don’t understand and don’t really want to. I understand why – it’s a lot of your audience and your own lives. But you probably have a lot lurking laymen like me, so remembering to keep stuff accessible for us would be great (and in fairness you mostly do).

    But still, great site and I love it.

    • John Sides September 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      Richard: Thanks for your feedback. Our identity as a “political science” blog does sometimes lead us into arcana. But we do see our first priority as making political science accessible for a broader audience. Please feel free to let us know when we fail to do that.

  2. Mark Rogers September 8, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Superb idea!
    This is a great site and I love it.

  3. Mark Nance September 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Suggested name for the round-up, drawing inspiration from a writing group in grad school: P.S.B.S.