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United States
University of Tennessee
political parties, political behavior, public opinion, income inequality, representation, social exclusion, women's representation, race and ethnicity in Latin America
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About Me

My research explores themes pertaining to inequality, exclusion and representation, with a focus on how economic, social and political inequalities affect marginalized groups and undermine democratic institutions and outcomes. My work frequently examines these topics through a geographical focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

I am especially interested in exploring the extent to which democracies facilitate or impede the capacity of ordinary citizens to obtain voice and influence in the political process and thereby improve their well-being. To this end, much of my work concentrates on the interplay between people and their representatives, examining how institutional, structural, and historical contexts affect political attitudes and behavior and shape the democratic process.

My ongoing projects have examine the following specific topics: causes of party system change and collapse; political consequences of social and economic exclusion in Latin America; women’s substantive representation in Latin America; and rhetoric, representation and rising inequality in the United States.


Recent Publications

“The Deterioration and Polarization of Party Politics in Venezuela.” Forthcoming. In Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay and Collapse. Scott Mainwaring, ed. Accepted for publication at Cambridge University Press.

“Gender and the Latin American Voter” in The Latin American Voter, eds. Ryan Carlin, Matthew Singer and Elizabeth Zechmeister. 2015. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

“Conditional Status Quo Bias and Top Income Shares: How U.S. Political Institutions Benefit the Rich” (with Peter Enns, Nathan J. Kelly, Thomas Volscho, and Christopher Witko). 2014. Journal of Politics. 76(2): 289-303. [Preprint]

“Latin American Attitudes toward Women in Politics: The Influence of Elite Cues, Female Advancement, and Individual Characteristics” (with Melissa Buice). 2013. American Political Science Review. 107 (4): 644-62. [Reprint]

“Market Conditioning, Redistribution and Income Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean” (with Nathan J. Kelly) 2013. Journal of Politics. 75 (3): 672-685. [Reprint] [Link to online issue]

Bankrupt Representation and Party System Collapse. 2011. Penn State University Press. [Table of Contents;Chapter 1]

  • Van Cott Award for Outstanding Book from the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association, 2012 Winner.
  • Fernando Coronil Award from the Venezuelan Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association, 2014 Honorable Mention.

“Dominican Party System Stability amid Regional Transformations” (with Jonathan Hartlyn and Rosario Espinal). 2011. Latin American Politics and Society. 53(1): 1-32. [Preprint]

Media Coverage

Jana Morgan. 2014. “Political exclusion lingers for women in Latin America. Increased women’s representation doesn’t necessarily mean the end of marginalization” Monkey Cage blog. Washington, DC: Washington Post. 15 May 2014.

Peter K. Enns, Nathan J. Kelly, Jana Morgan, Thomas Volscho, and Christopher Witko. 2014.“Congressional gridlock helps make income inequality worse” USAPP blog. London: London School of Economics. 10 April 2014.

Jana Morgan. 2014. “Public support for female politicians is contingent on economic and political contexts” USAPP blog. London: London School of Economics. 7 March 2014.

  • Reprinted in Women in Politics. eCollections of USAPP blog. London: London School of Economics. August 2014.


Country Focus
Latin America, Venezuela

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