Erika Moreno, PhD

Erika Moreno, PhD

Erika Moreno, PhD

Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
  • Latin American Politics

Academic Appointments


  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Advanced Research Practicum (PLS 490) Spring 2019
  • Comparative Politics (PLS 215) SP 2018
  • International Conflict (PLS 472) SP 2018
  • International Relations Theory (PLS 340) Fall 2018
  • Latin American Government and Politics (PLS 317) SP 2018
  • Political Science Research Methods (PLS 310) Spring 2019
  • Seminar in Comparative Politics: Globalization and its Discontents (PLS 410) Fall 2018
  • Senior Research Capstone (PLS 591) Fall 2018


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.

Recently, Dr. Moreno has been researching and writing about the work of accountability agencies across the Americas. Here, she has focused on the inner workings an impact of Human Rights Ombudsman offices on human rights provisions across the region. Here research, which is quantative in nature, has examined how these agencies have impacted improvements in human rights across the region. The work is complemented with several in depth case studies of the agency in Bolivia and Colombia.

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 family.

Publications and Presentations


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Editing and Reviews


Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Comparative politics
    • Democracy
    • Latin America
    • Interbranch relations and government accountability
    • Human rights

Current Research Projects

    • Completed book manuscript on Cuba-US relations in the modern era, with a focus on opportunities and challenges presented to policymakers. (forthcoming 2019, Oxford University Press.)
    • Completing a book manuscript on the role and impact of the Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoria del Pueblo) in Latin America, with a focus on Bolivia and Colombia, 1998-2014. (Undergoing revisions, Cambria Press.)

Grant Funding Received

  • Grupo 1898/ Praedium Law Firm (Barcelona, Spain). [Co-Principal Investigator] Resolution of Property Rights in Cuba for Spanish Citizens. $100,000 (Summer-Fall 2011).
  • Teaching and Learning Center Grant. Creighton University. 2018. (Proposal Title: Engagement through Dialogue? A Proposal to Study the Effectiveness of Deliberative Dialogues (DD) to Foster Civic Education and Engagement.)
  • Haddix Faculty Research Grant. Creighton University. (Proposal Title: An Effective Instrument or Mere Window Dressing: An Examination of the Ombudsman Office in Latin America.)
  • Academic Affairs Research Initiative Grant. Creighton University. (Proposal Title: Regimes and the Protection of Property Rights: An Empirical Examination). To conduct additional data collection and research into the links between economics (property rights) and democratic institutions.

Awards and Honors

  • CCAS Excellence Award (Service), Creighton College of Arts and Sciences, 2018