Kimberly J. Morgan

Kimberly J. Morgan
Professor of Political Science Director, European and Eurasian Studies Program
Monroe Hall 418
[email protected]

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)




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

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

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, 2017), with Ann Shola Orloff



“Leveraging Identities: The Strategic Manipulation of Social Hierarchies for Political Gain.” Co-authored with Erik Bleich. Theory and Society 48, no. 4 (2019): 511-534.

“Academic Research and Legislative Advocacy: Information Use in the Campaign against Repeal of the ACA,” co-authored with Elizabeth Rigby. Journal of Health Policy, Politics & Law, March 9, 2018 advance publication.

“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/Friday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Classes Taught

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Theories of Comparative Politics 

Politics of Immigration