Erika Moreno

Dr. Erika Moreno


  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1998-2001. PhD., Political Science, University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona.
  • Dissertation: ?Small Parties in Latin America?, Advisor: Brian F. Crisp.
  • 1996-1998. M.A., Political Science, University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona.
  • 1990-1994. B.A. Political Science, San Josť State University. San Josť, California.
  • Bio:

    Dr. Moreno is trained as a comparative political scientist, with a specialization in Latin American politics.  Her scholarly interests focus on democratic institutions and interbranch relations and their implications for democratic accountability and representation.

    Moreno's work on Latin American politics has appeared in a variety of venues including book manuscripts, peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and book chapters.  Her work has appeared in peer reviewed journals, including Comparative Political Studes, Electoral Studies, the Bulletin of Latin American Research and Legislative Studies Quarterly.  She has also contributed to chapters in edited book manuscripts published by Notre Dame press, Oxford University Press, and Pennsylvania State Press on topics that include the Colombian peace process, government institutions and accountability, and the Columbian political system.

    Although her primary focus is democracy and its institutions, she has also worked on topics that have addressed stability of regimes (democracy and autocracy), political transitions, and the role of regime characteristics on economic outcomes.  For instance, Dr. Moreno was part of the Creighton University team (with Associate Political Science Professor Richard Witmer, Associate Dean of the Law School Mike Kelly, Director of the Werner Center, Patrick Borchers) that wrote the Report on the Resolution of Outstanding Property Claims Between Cuba and the United States (Creighton University Press 2007).  The report which proposes the creation of a mechanism to settle outstanding property claims by Americans against the Cuban government, was commissioned by the United States Agency of International Development and supported by a $750,000 grant.

    In her spare time, Dr. Moreno enjoys running, kayaking, and spending time with her three children.


  • Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Political Institutions, Representation and Electoral Systems.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Skills: Linear and Non-linear regression, Count models, Time series, Elite interviews.
  • Language skills: Spanish (native fluency)


  • Currently assistant professor, Department of Political Science, August 2006- present.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Department of Political Science. August 2001- 2005.
  • Instructor, University of Arizona, Department of Political Science. Summer 2000, Summer 1999, Spring 1999.
  • Editorial Assistant, Political Research Quarterly. University of Arizona. August 1998-June 2000.
  • Graduate Associate, University of Arizona, Department of Political Science. August 1998-June 2001.
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Arizona, Department of Political Science. August 1996- June 1998.


  • American Political Science Association (APSA). Member, 1997-present.
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Member, 1997-present.
  • Latin American Political Institutions Section (LASA). Member, 1998-present.
  • Midwestern Political Science Association (MWPSA). Member, 2001- present.