Jordan Gans-Morse Assistant Professor

Research Interest(s):  Property Rights; Rule of Law; Authoritarian Institutions; Informal Institutions; Predatory States; Corruption; Clientelism

Program Area(s):  Comparative Politics; Law and Politics

Regional Specialization(s):  Europe

Department Strength(s):  Law and Politics

My current research examines the political foundations of property rights in post-communist countries.  I have additionally published articles on clientelism, economic reforms, and democratic transitions. Recent publications have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political StudiesPost-Soviet Affairs, and Studies in International Comparative Development.  Although my primary regional expertise is the former Soviet Union, I also conduct research on Central-Eastern Europe and Latin America.  I received my Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2011.  Prior to my doctoral studies, I was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, a recipient of two US State Department fellowships to Moscow, and a Resident Director for the American Councils for International Education's student exchange program in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Select Publications

  • “Varieties of Clientelism: Machine Politics During Elections” (with Sebastian Mazzuca and Simeon Nichter). American Journal of Political Science 58, 2 (2014): 415-432.                                         
  • “Threats to Property Rights in Russia: From Private Coercion to State Aggression.”  Post-Soviet Affairs 28, 3 (2012): 263-295.
  • “Neoliberalism: From New Liberal Philosophy to Anti-Liberal Slogan” (with Taylor C. Boas). Studies in Comparative International Development 44, 2 (2009): 137-161.
  • “Economic Reforms and Democracy: Evidence of a J-Curve in Latin America” (with Simeon Nichter).  Comparative Political Studies 41, 10 (2008): 1398-1426.                               
  •  “Searching for Transitologists: Contemporary Theories of Post-Communist Transitions and the Myth of a Dominant Paradigm.” Post-Soviet Affairs 20, 4 (2004): 320-349.

Courses taught

  • PS 368 Political Economy of Development
  • PS 369 Politics of Post-Soviet Russia
  • PS 395 Politics of Corruption