For a review of the literature, history, and democratic function of the periodic state constitutional convention referendum, see J. H. Snider, Does the World Really Belong to the Living? The Decline of the Constitutional Convention in New York and Other US States, 1776–2015, Journal of American Political Thought 6, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 256-293. For a symposium on state constitutional convention referendums, see Snider, J.H., et al., The Politics of State Constitutional Reform, American Political Science Association Law & Courts Section, Fall 2016.
iSolon.org is a project of J.H. Snider, who founded it in 2007. In the interim, Snider has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (2011-13) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy (2008). He came to Washington, DC as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Communications & Public Policy (1999-2000). He then served as a fellow and research director at the New America Foundation (2001-2007). From 1994-1999 he served as a teaching assistant and fellow in Northwestern University’s Department of Political Science. He has a Ph.D. in American Government from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (with a focus on non-profit management), and an undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Harvard College.
Snider edits The State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse and state-specific clearinghouses for states with upcoming periodic referendums, including The Hawaiʻi State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse (2018), The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse (2017) and Rhode Island Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse (2014). The state-specific clearinghouses the most detailed record of published pro & con arguments ever compiled in one place and published online. Nest up are Iowa (2020), Alaska (2022), Missouri (2022), and New Hampshire (2022). Snider has published more than forty op-eds on state constitutional convention referendums.