Jennifer Pribble, Ph.D.

University of Richmond

Address: 28 Westahampton Way

City: Richmond, Virginia - 23173

Country: United States

About Me:

Jenny Pribble is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on issues of comparative political economy and her book, Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America (2013, Cambridge University Press) develops and tests a theory to explain why some Latin American states have been more effective than others at reforming social policy in a universalistic direction. Jenny’s new research project analyzes subnational variation in public health quality and access in Chile and Costa Rica. Jenny’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Latin American Research Review, the American Sociological Review, Comparative Politics, and Studies in Comparative International Development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.

Research Interests

Latin American And Caribbean Politics

Health Politics and Policy

Political Economy


Comparative Social Policy

Subnational Politics

Welfare State

Political Parties

Political Representation

Countries of Interest





Books Written:

(2013) Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America, Cambridge University Press

Systems of social protection can provide crucial assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society, but not all systems are created equally. In Latin America, social policies have historically exhibited large gaps in coverage and high levels of inequality in benefit size. Since the late 1990s, countries in this region have begun to grapple with these challenges, enacting a series of reforms to healthcare, social assistance, and education policy. While some of these initiatives have moved in a universal direction, others have maintained existing segmentation or moved in a regressive direction. Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America explores this variation in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Venezuela, finding that the design of previous policies, the intensity of electoral competition, and the character of political parties all influence the nature of contemporary social policy reform in Latin America.

Media Appearances:

Newspaper Quotes:

(2018) Education Week

Quoted to provide a description of how Chile's school choice system works.

(2018) Education Week

Quoted about Chile's education system in the context of Secretary DeVos' visit.

(2017) New Republic

Discussion of Betsy Devos' confirmation as Education Secretary.

(2017) New Republic

Discussion of Betsy DeVos' education policy proposals

(2017) Salon

Discussion of Chile's school choice policies and lessons for the United States.

(2017) La Segunda

Interview about President Sebastian PiƱera's victory in Chile.

(2015) NACLA

Discussion of President Mauricio Macri's victory in Argentina.

Blog Posts:

(2019) The Globe Post

Discussion of President Mauricio Macri's presidency and growing poverty in Argentina.

(2017) Washington Post Monkey Cage

Analysis of Chile's second round presidential election in December, 2017.

(2017) Washington Post Monkey Cage

Comparison of Chile's school choice policies with proposals made by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

(2016) Washington Post Monkey Cage

Analysis of President Patricio Aylwin's rule on Chile's new democracy.


(2018) Fareed Zakaria GPS

Research from my book, 'Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America,' was featured in Fareed Zakaria's opinion piece about the Brazilian elections and Jair Bolsonaro's likely victory.

(2018) The Pool, Online Publication

Quoted about the lower house vote to legalize abortion in Argentina.

(2017) Zero Hour Radio Program

An interview about school choice programs in Chile and the United States.