Jessica Rich
Jessica Rich, Ph.D.Marquette University

Wehr Physics Hall, 448

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor

Political Science

Jessica A.J. Rich is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University. She is the author of State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil, published with Cambridge University Press in 2019, and translated into Portuguese as Ativismo Patrocinado pelo Estado: burocratas e movimentos sociais no Brasil democrático (Editora Fiocruz 2021). Her articles have appeared in a variety of top academic journals. 

Rich’s research uses comparative qualitative analysis to identify the factors that help activists and advocates in their fight to make public policy more inclusive. Her work is centered in Brazil, with collaborative projects across developing countries.  

Rich holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Carleton College, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Prof. Rich’s areas of expertise include activism, NGOs, bureaucracy, state capacity, and public health.  


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2012

Courses Taught

  • POSC 2401 Comparative Politics | Syllabus
  • POSC 4541 Latin American Politics | Syllabus
  • POSC 3101 The Politics of NGOs | Syllabus
  • POSC 6401 Research Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • INIA 4997 Senior Capstone Seminar



Journal Special Issues

  • “The Policy Consequences of Social Movements.” Special issue of World Development. (Co-editor and co-author of lead article, with Santiago Anria and Candelaria Garay). Accepted for publication. 
  • “State Transformation and Participatory Politics in Latin America.” Special issue of Latin American Politics and Society 61(2) (Spring 2019). Co-edited with Lindsay Mayka and Alfred Montero.   


  • “Outsourcing Bureaucracy to Evade Accountability: How Public Servants Build Shadow State Capacity.” Forthcoming at The American Political Science Review. Available on First View 
  • “Who Counts Where? Federalism and the Politics of Covid-19 Surveillance” (with Philip Rocco, Daniel Béland, Scott Greer, Kasia Klasa, and Ken Dubin). The Journal for Health Policy, Politics, and Law 46 (4, 2021): 959–987.
  • “Organizing 21st-Century Activism: From Structure to Strategy in Latin American Social Movements.” Latin American Research Review 55(3) (2020).
  • “Making National Participatory Institutions Work: Bureaucrats, Activists, and AIDS Policy in Brazil”," Latin American Politics and Society 61 (2, 2019). 
  • "The Politics of Participation: New Actors and Institutions in Latin America,” (with Lindsay Mayka and Alfred Montero), Latin American Politics and Society 61 (2, 2019).  


Book Chapters 

  • “Participatory Policymaking in Democratic Brazil: Reinventing Corporatism?” (with Lindsay Mayka). 2021. In The Inclusionary Turn in Contemporary Latin America, Diana Kapiszewski, Steven Levitsky, and Deborah Yashar. New York; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • “Teaching Methods in the Context of a Writing Intensive Course.” 2021. In Pedagogy through the Research Process, eds. Julia Hellwegge, Eric Leopp, and Daniel Mallinson. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “A burocracia de baixo para cima.” 2016. In Estado, Burocracia e Controle Democrático, edited by Carlos Santana. São Paulo: editora Sesi.
  • “Association” and “HIV/AIDS”. Entries in Encyclopedia of Governance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007.
  • Review of The AIDS Pandemic in Latin America, Shawn Smallman (UNC Chapel Hill, 2007). Latin American Politics and Society 50: 4 (Winter 2008).

Additional Information

Marquette Democracy Project

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

Faculty & Staff Directory

Make a Gift


Department of Political Science
Wehr Physics Building, Room 468
1420 W. Clybourn St. 
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-6842

Contact Us


Report an accessibility problem

To report another problem, please contact Dr. Philip Rocco at