Jonathan Blake

Associate Director, Programs

Jonathan Blake is Associate Director of Programs at the Berggruen Institute, where he directs the research projects and wider research agenda for the Planetary Program.

Blake is the co-author, with Nils Gilman, of Children of a Modest Star: Planetary Thinking for an Age of Crises (2024) and author of Contentious Rituals: Parading the Nation in Northern Ireland (2019). He previously held research positions at the RAND Corporation, Columbia Global Policy Initiative, and the Chumir Foundation. His writing on planetary politics, governance, ethnic conflict, migration, and more have appeared in Noema, where he’s Associate Editor, The Atlantic, Boston Review, The Nation, Los Angeles Review of Books, and scholarly journals.

He holds a B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

By Jonathan Blake

Cover photo of Children of a Modest Star

"Children of a Modest Star" published by Stanford University Press

Planetary Portal

Multispecies Constitution Project: Meeting 1

Berggruen Fellows Aim to Reinvent Governance, Imagine Radically Different Futures for Global Systems and Institutions

Perspectives on State Governance, Undergovernance, and Alternative Governance

Workshop and Discussion on Children of a Modest Star: Governing in the Planetary Age