James Morone


James Morone is Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro and New York, received his BA from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Professor Morone has been on the faculty of Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Bremen (in Germany). The Brown University classes of 1993, 1999, 2001 and 2007 voted him the Hazeltine Citation as the teacher that most inspired them.

Morone’s first book, The Democratic Wish, was named a “notable book of 1991” by the New York Times and won the Political Science Association’s Kammerer Award for the best book on the United States. His most recent book, Hellfire Nation: the Politics of Sin in American History has been featured on C-span, named book of the month by the History News Network, and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize. Watch for his next book, George Washington’s Regret (Basic Books) which describes the first president’s advice to future generations -- and what it teaches us today. Jim has written over one hundred essays. His favorite is “Dumbledore’s Wisdom,” -- a reflection on Harry Potter and its lessons for American education. He is a regular contributor to The American Prospect and The London Review of Books. He has edited four books including Healthy, Wealthy and Fair: Health Care and the Good Society (published by Oxford in 2005) and Health Politics and Policy (2007).

Dr. Morone has been president of the New England Political Science Association and the Politics and History section of Political Science Association. He was distinguished Fulbright lecturer to Japan in 2005, has served on the editorial board of eight scholarly journals (chairing two of them), and has testified before the US Congress numerous times -- most recently in May, 2006 when he addressed the 45 Democratic Senators about a vision for the future. Morone is the only scholar to receive two Senior Investigator Awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University