Fellow in Political Science |
Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies
Office Phone: (713) 348-2107
Mark P. Jones, Ph.D., is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice University.
He also currently serves as the chair of Rice’s Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting. He has received substantial financial support for this research, including two grants from the National Science Foundation. His research has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies and the Journal of Politics, as well as in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penn State University Press and the University of Buenos Aires Press, among others.
Jones regularly advises U.S. government institutions on economic and political affairs in Argentina and has conducted research on public policy issues in Latin America and Texas for numerous international, national and local organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United States Department of Defense and the City of Houston. He currently is working on two principal research agendas, one which examines the impact of political institutions on politics and public policy in Latin America, and the other which analyzes the evolution of partisan politics in Texas over the past 40 years. Jones received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.