Jonathan King

Jonathan  King
  • PhD Students
  • Department of Political Science


Jonathan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.  He entered the program in the Fall of 2017.  Previously, he received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.A. from Michigan State University.  Jonathan is broadly interested in U.S. political institutions and research methodology.  His research focuses primarily on the U.S. federal judiciary.  Specifically, Jonathan investigates federal judicial nominations, the impact a judge’s personality has on judicial decision making, and how machine-learning can be used to increase our understanding of judicial documents.  His research has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly.  In 2020, Jonathan was awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (Award Number: 2017311).   He has also been named a Michigan State University Cloud Computing Fellow and was a recipient of a Michigan State University College of Social Science Research Scholars Award.  Jonathan teaches Judicial Politics and Independent Study courses.  During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two golden retrievers (Leslie and Perkins) and watching sports.  Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jonathan is an avid Wisconsin sports fan (Packers, Badgers, Bucks, and Brewers).  He also loves English soccer and is a die-hard fan of the only team in London with a European Cup, Chelsea FC.