Scott Morgenstern PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1996

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Scott Morgenstern is a Professor of Political Science, and has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 2005. He has also currently serves (since 2014) as the Director of Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies. His research focuses on political parties, electoral systems, and legislatures, with a regional specialization in Latin America.

He has published two books: Are Politics Local? The Two Dimensions of Party Nationalization  around the World (Cambridge University Press 2017), Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll Call Voting in the United States and Latin America’s Southern Cone (Cambridge University Press, 2004)  He has also edited and contributed to three books, Legislative Politics in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2002). Pathways to Power (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008), and Reforming Communism: Cuba in Comparative Perspective (University of Pittsburgh Press forthcoming, 2018). His articles have appeared in the Journal of PoliticsComparative Political Studies; Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Review of International Political Economy, and other journals. He was also the primary investigator on a grant from the USAID to produce documents related to their political party development programs. 

His recent courses at the undergraduate level have included US-Latin American Relations, Building Democracy and its Institutions, and Latin American Politics.  At the graduate level he teaches Comparative Legislatures and Latin American Politics.

In his spare time he watches Pitt Ultimate Frisbee. 



Are Politics Local? The Two Dimensions of Party Nationalization around the World (Cambridge University Press; forthcoming) Chapter 1 Available (DOC)

Reforming Communism: Cuba in Comparative Perspective: (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming)
Introduction Available Here

“How party nationalization conditions economic voting” with Noah Smith and Alejandro Trelles.  Forthcoming. Electoral Studies.

"Seven Imperatives for Improving the Measurement of Party Nationalization with Evidence from Chile," with John Polga Hecimovich and Peter Siavelis 33:186-199. 2014. Electoral Studies.

"Refining the Theory of Partisan Alignments: Evidence from Latin America" with Miguel Carreras and Yen-Pin Su. 2013. Party Politics. 21:5 671-85.

Siavelis, Peter M. and Scott Morgenstern, eds. 2008. Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America.  Pennsylvania State University Press. [LINK]

Morgenstern, Scott. 2004. Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll Call Voting in the Latin America and the United States. Cambridge University Press. [LINK]

Nacif, Benito and Scott Morgenstern, eds. 2002. Legislative Politics in Latin America. Cambridge University Press. [LINK]