Jonathan Bonaguro is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studies Political Science. On top of being a member of the Political Science Honors Program where he will spend this upcoming year writing a thesis, he has augmented his education with courses in mathematics, statistics, and research design to further develop his resources as a social science researcher. While in school, Jonathan has worked with multiple people and organizations to produce research on both American and International Politics. Working with Professors Cara Wong and Jake Bowers, he has contributed to a paper on American citizen values and attitudes towards immigrants, publication forthcoming. Jonathan has spent three semesters at the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, where he works as a part time analyst and has become an integral part of the Analytics and Data Management team. He is the primary analyst on the Coup d’Etat project, which is using front-end event research methods to compile a comprehensive data set of regime destabilizing events internationally from 1950 to the present.
On top of being a researcher, Jonathan is an active photographer. He maintains a studio for portrait and event photography, and has worked on photographing a variety of situations, from individual portraits to weddings. He serves as the Lead Photographer for The Champaign Room, an SB Nation website covering Illinois Athletics, where he has photographed athletic events such as volleyball, basketball, softball, and baseball. A former member of the Nation’s Premier College Marching Band, the University of Illinois Marching Illini, Jonathan now serves as a Media Coordinator and Photographer. In this role, he has begun putting together a team to design and implement a new media strategy for the 2019-2020 season, while also serving as a photographer for the organization.
As a freelance photographer, Jonathan has had pictures published in multiple outlets, including the Chicago Tribune. Starting in the fall, he is joining the staff of The Daily Illini as the Senior Sports Photographer, where he will be managing all sports photography for the paper. He will serve as a Photojournalist with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
When not in the office or on the field with a camera in his hand, Jonathan is an avid reader, coffee drinker, and baseball fan. He enjoys reading all varieties of non-fiction including philosophy, history, political research, and daily newspapers. Also, he is an active musician with Illinois Bands and Athletic Bands, and enjoys quilting when he can.