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 Studies, Post-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.
- “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.
- PS 368 Political Economy of Development
- PS 369 Politics of Post-Soviet Russia
- PS 395 Politics of Corruption