faculty profile

Jonathan Wharton

Building: Peirce
Room: 306
Phone: 201.216.8534
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: [email protected]

BA, History & MPA, Howard University, 1996 & 1999
Asia Study Abroad, George Mason University, Summers 1996-97
MA, History (US Diplomatic History), Rutgers University, 2002
Ph.D., Political Science, Howard University, 2008


Urban politics (community development, gentrification, racial politics), coalition politics, legislative process (federal, state, local), public policy analysis and modern US political history.

Institutional Service

Pre-law Advisor for the Pre-law and Public Policy program; committee member of the Green Engineering program and the Gender and Cultural Studies program.  

Faculty advisor to the Stevens Law Society, Stevens College Republicans, Stevens Sailing Team, Torch Society (LGBTQ) and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Professional Service

Historic Paulus Hook Association, board of directors/board secretary and member of Parks and Development Oversight committees.  

Hudson County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and Strategic Revitalization Committee, member. 

WGBO 88.3 FM National Public Radio, Community Advisory Board member/board secretary.

Served as congressional aide for U.S. Reps. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Glenn Poshard (D-IL) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Research Analyst for the New Jersey State Legislature/Office of Legislative Services.

Provided governmental relations and research for the National Minority AIDS Council, National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, Council of Graduate Schools, National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Eagleton Institute of Politics/Newark Student Voices high school local politics voting project.

Honors & Awards

2011 Stevens Alumni Association, Outstanding Teacher
2009 Sigma Phi Epsilon, Volunteer of the Year, NE Region
2007-08 Most Distinguished Professor, SGA (1st annual)
2006-07 Outstanding Advisor Award, Office of Student Life

Professional Societies

American Historical Association
American Political Science Association
Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honors Society
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society


Selected Publications
  1. Wharton, J. (2013). A Change Is Gonna Come: Newark, Cory Booker and the Transformation of Urban America, Palgrave-Macmillan.
Book Chapters
  1. Wharton, J. (2010). "Unique Policymaking in Action: The District Council and the Legislative Process", Law and Politics in Washington, DC, Abdul Karim Bangura, ed.
  2. Wharton, J. (2005). "The Pitch for Baseball: Washington's Plan for the Nationals' Stadium and Its Implications", Washington DC's Challenges, Abdul Karim Bangura, ed.
  1. Wharton, J. (2009). "Gentrification: The New Colonialism in the Modern Era", Journal of the Oxford University Round Table: Forum on Public Policy, Summer 2008 ed.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Wharton, J. (2012). "Live Where You Teach? Assessing Downtown Newark's Teachers Village and Residential Redevelopment for Urban Educators", Urban Systems Conference, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ.
  2. Wharton, J. (2011). "Abatement Addiction: A Case Study on Jersey City's Municipal Tax Abatements, Urban Gentrification and Politics of Rights", American Political Science Association conference paper and presentation, Seattle, WA.
  3. Wharton, J. (2008). "Academia's Fiduciary Responsibility: Substantive University Relations, Local Politics and Community Gentrification", Yale University Bouchet Society, New Haven, CT.
  4. Wharton, J. (2008). "A New Way of Going About It? Tracing Racial Identity, Uncertain Color-blind Coalition Building and the Post-Civil Rights Generational Politics of Barack Obama and Cory Booker", National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Chicago, IL.
  • HHS 325 African-American Studies
  • HHS 371 Modern US Presidency and the Legislative Process
  • HHS 420 Modern East Asian Studies
  • HPL 345 Introduction to Minority Group Identity and Legal Theory
  • HHS 370 US Constitutional Law I: Early Foundations and Federalism
  • HHS 391 Metropolitan Developmental Studies
  • HSS 360 Public Policy Analysis
  • HSS 122 Introduction to Urban Studies II: Modern Cities and Local Politics
  • HSS 127 Introduction to Political Science I: National Government
  • HSS 128 Introduction to Political Science II: Judicial Process
  • HHS 373 US Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights