Jessica Rich
Jessica Rich, Ph.D.Marquette University

Wehr Physics Hall, 448

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Political Science

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.


Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 2012

Courses Taught

  • POSC 2401 Comparative Politics | Syllabus
  • POSC 4541 Latin American Politics | Syllabus
  • POSC 4931 The Politics of NGOs | Syllabus
  • POSC 6401 Research Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • INIA 4997 Senior Capstone Seminar


Additional Information

Marquette Democracy Project

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

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