Dr. Jennifer Pribble
Professor of Political Science and Global Studies
Global Studies Concentration Advisor: Politics and Governance
Program Coordinator, Global Studies

Jenny Pribble is an Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on issues of comparative political economy and her book, Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America (2013, Cambridge University Press) develops and tests a theory to explain why some Latin American states have been more effective than others at reforming social policy in a universalistic direction. Jenny's new research project analyzes variation in the implementation of social welfare policies in Chile and Peru, seeking to explain why some sub-national units exhibit higher levels of administrative capacity than others. Jenny's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Latin American Research Review, the American Sociological Review, Comparative Politics, and Studies in Comparative International Development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.

Grants and Fellowships

Virginia Humanities fellowship, 2020

Princeton University research grant, 2019

Gerald R. Ford archives research grant, 2019

Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections Research Fellowship, 2018

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Moody Grant for research at the Johnson archives in Austin, Texas, 2005 and 2015

Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grant for research at the Truman archives in Independence, Missouri, 2005

University of Richmond, Arts & Sciences Faculty Research Grant, 2015, 2017, 2019

United States’ State Department Visiting Speaker and Specialist Grant, August 2008.

Graduate Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2008.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2007-2008.

Organization of American States (OAS) Research Fellowship, 2006-2007.

Ford Foundation and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2006-2007.

The University of Richmond International Education Award (2014).

Linda Dykstra Distinguished Dissertation Award for the Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009).

Honorable Mention, Best Dissertation Fieldwork, American Political Science Association, Comparative Democratization Section (2008).
Selected Publications

Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America, Cambridge University Press, 2013


Pribble, Jennifer. "Chile's Elites Face Demands for Reform." Current History 116, no. 787 (2017): 49-54.

Pribble, Jennifer. 2011. “Worlds Apart: Social Policy Regimes in Latin America,” Studies in Comparative International Development. Vol. 46 (2): 191-216.

Pribble, Jennifer. 2009. “Politics, Policies, and Poverty in Latin America.” (Lead author with: Evelyne Huber and John Stephens). Comparative Politics. Vol. 41 (4): 387-407.

Huber, Evelyne, François Nielsen, Jenny Pribble, and John D. Stephens. 2006. “Political Determinants of Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.” American Sociological Review. Vol. 71 (6): 943-963

Pribble, Jennifer. 2006. “The Politics of Women’s Welfare in Chile and Uruguay.” Latin American Research Review. Volume 41 (2): 84-111.


Pribble, Jennifer, and Evelyn Huber. "Social Policy and Redistribution: Chile and Uruguay." In The Resurgence of the Latin American Left, edited by Steven Levitsky and Kenneth M. Roberts, 117-38. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008
Political Science
M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2004
Political Science
B.A., Miami University 2000
International Studies
Contact Information
(804) 289-8532
Areas of Expertise
Latin American Politics
Comparative Political Economy
Comparative Welfare States
Comparative Politics
Political Parties