Jonathan Williamson

Jonathan Williamson


B.A., University of Houston
M.A., Emory University
Ph.D., Emory University

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4276
Campus Post Office Box 3

Political Science: Associate Professor

Political Science: Director, Center for Energy and the Future

Warrior Coffee Project: Associate Professor of Political Science

Special Interest:

The politics of energy; American national, state and local politics and government; community and economic development; public opinion and polling; elections and parties; political science teaching strategies.

Professor Williamson’s teaching focuses on the political institutions and behavior of American politics, as well as the domestic and international politics of energy. His recent research centers on community and economic development impacts related to Marcellus Shale natural gas development.

In addition to his duties at the College, Williamson serves as president of Williamsport City Council, where he spends considerable time focused on issues connected to economic development and the availability of quality, affordable housing in Williamsport.

Recent Publications

With Bonita Kolb. 2016. “Sustainable Housing in Rural Communities Affected by Shale Gas Development.” In Shale Gas and the Future of Energy: Law and Policy for Sustainability. eds. John C. Dernbach & James R. May. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

With Bonita Kolb. 2015. Marcellus Natural Gas Development’s Effect on Housing in Pennsylvania: An Update. Report for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).

With Bonita Kolb. 2012. “Water and Sewer Infrastructure Challenges as a Barrier to Housing Development in the Marcellus Shale Region.” Environmental Practice. 14(4): 1-10.

2011. “Polling on a Budget: Implementing Telephone Surveys in Introductory and Advanced American Politics Courses.” PS: Political Science and Politics. 44(1): 123-127.

With Bonita Kolb. 2011. Marcellus Natural Gas Development’s Effect on Housing in Pennsylvania. Report for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).

With Alison Gregory. 2010. “Problem Based Learning in Introductory American Politics Classes.” Journal of Political Science Education, 6(3): 274-296.