Jessica Rich


Assistant Professor of Political Science. Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 2012


Jessica Rich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Marquette Democracy Project. Her research and teaching specializations include Latin American politics, social movements and NGOs, state-building and state capacity, and social policy. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University in the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research. In Spring 2018, Jessica was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics in the Department of International Development.


Jessica’s publications include articles on social movements, participatory governance, state-society relations, and federalism. Her forthcoming book,  State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil (Cambridge University Press), analyzes a new form of political mobilization in Latin America—in which social movements make aggressive policy demands on the state, even while relying on state actors for financial support.







Select Recent Publications


State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil. Forthcoming. New York; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


“Making National Participatory Institutions Work: Bureaucrats, Activists, and AIDS Policy in Brazil” (forthcoming at Latin American Politics and Society).


“Grassroots Bureaucracy: Intergovernmental Relations and Popular Mobilization around AIDS Policy in Brazil.” Latin American Politics and Society 55:2 (Summer 2013).


“Centralizing Decentralized Governance in Brazil” (lead author, with Eduardo Gomez). Publius: The Journal of Federalism 42:4 (Fall 2012).


Marquette Democracy Project


The link to the Marquette Democracy Project can be found here.



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