Kimberly J. Morgan

Kimberly J. Morgan
Professor of Political Science
Monroe 418
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Areas of Expertise

European politics, U.S. politics, social policy, immigration

Kimberly J. Morgan is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her work examines the politics shaping public policies in Western Europe and the United States, with particular interests in immigration and the welfare state.
Professor Morgan received her Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University and, before joining GWU, was a post-doctoral fellow at NYU's Institute of French Studies (2000-01) and a participant in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research program at Yale University (2001-03). In 2008-09, Dr. Morgan was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Ph.D., Princeton (2001)

M.A., Princeton (1996)

B.A., Northwestern (1992)




Author: Working Mothers and the Welfare State: Religion and the Politics of Work-Family Policy in Western Europe and the United States (Stanford, 2006)

Co-author: The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of American Social Policy (Oxford, 2011), with Andrea Louise Campbell

Co-editor: The Oxford Handbook of US Social Policy (Oxford, 2015), with Daniel Beland and Chris Howard

Co-editor: The Many Hands of the State: Theorizing Political Authority and Social Control (Cambridge, forthcoming), with Ann Shola Orloff

Recent and forthcoming articles:

“Gender, Right-Wing Populism, and Immigrant Integration Policies in France, 1989-2012,” Forthcoming in West European Politics (2017)

“Veto-Player or Agent of Reform? Congress, Health Care Entitlements, and the Changing American State,” Revue Française de Science Politique 64, 2 (April 2014): 247-264

“Path Shifting in the Welfare State: Electoral Competition and the Expansion of Work-Family Policies in Western Europe,” World Politics 65, 1 (January 2013)

“America’s Misguided Approach to Social Welfare,” Foreign Affairs (Jan/Feb 2013)

“From Sick Man to Miracle: Explaining the Robustness of the German Labor Market during the Financial Crisis,” written with Alexander Reisenbichler, Politics & Society 40, 4 (December 2012)

“The Origins of Tax Systems: A French-American Comparison,” with Monica Prasad, American Journal of Sociology 114, 5 (March 2009): 1350-94

Office Hours

Wednesday 1:00-4:00pm