Jessica Rich
Jessica Rich, Ph.D.Marquette University

Wehr Physics Hall, 448

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Jessica A.J. Rich is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Marquette Democracy Project. Her research and teaching focus on social movements, NGOs, social-welfare policy (with an emphasis on health policy), and state capacity. Regionally, she specializes in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil. Prof. Rich earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, and she has held postdoctoral fellowships at Tulane University, in the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Prof. Rich's publications include articles on social movements, state-society relations, HIV/AIDS policy, participatory governance, and federalism. Her recently published book, State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil (Cambridge University Press 2019), uses the lens of AIDS policy in Brazil to analyze a new form of political mobilization—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 3101 The Politics of NGOs | Syllabus
  • POSC 6401 Research Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • INIA 4997 Senior Capstone Seminar



Articles and Book Chapters 

Additional Information

Marquette Democracy Project

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

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Department of Political Science
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1420 W. Clybourn St. 
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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