J.H. Snider is the President of iSolon.org and editor of the State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse. His primary research interest focuses on alleviating institutional corruption. Founded in 2007, iSolon.org is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy institute that advocates for democratic reforms where elected officials have a direct and immediate conflict of interest with the American public, especially in the use of information technology to make their official actions more transparent. From 2011-13, he was a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. During Spring Semester 2008, he was a residential fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. From 2007 to 2011, he was an affiliated researcher at Columbia University's Center for Tele-Information. From 2001 to 2007, he was a Markle Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, and Research Director at the New America Foundation, where his work focused on information policy. From 1999-2000, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Communications and Public Policy, where he worked in the U.S. Senate. Previously, he has been a university fellow at Northwestern University and a non-profit fellow at the Harvard Business School. He has a Ph.D. in American Government (with a specialty in political communications) from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
His work has been published in a diverse array of publications: academic journals (including the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, the Journal of Public Deliberation, and the Journal of Information Technology & Politics), newspapers (including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and U.S.A. Today), trade publications (including Government Technology, Federal Computer Week, and Education Week), magazines (including the Atlantic Monthly, National Civic Review, and The Futurist), and public policy institutes (including the Brookings Institution, New America Foundation, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government).