Jonathan R. Cole is currently John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University at Columbia University. He was Provost and Dean of Faculties at Columbia from 1989 to 2003. From 1987 to 19879, he was Vice President for Arts and Sciences.
His scholarly work has focused principally on the development of the sociology of science as a research specialty. He has authored multiple books and articles on this and other subjects, the titles of which can be found through his website. In recent years, his scholarly attention has turned to issues in higher education, particularly focusing on problems facing the great American research universities. His most recent book, which he has discussed at multiple university forums as well as on radio and television shows is: The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, and Why it Must Be Protected (Public Affairs, 2010).
He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1975-76. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1975-76), and was a visiting scholar in 1986-87 at the Russell Sage Foundation. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005 he was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society. He also is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.