Erika Moreno, PhD
Erika Moreno, PhD

Erika Moreno, PhD

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

Expertise/Specializations

  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
  • Latin American Politics

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Political Science and International Relations

Position

  • Associate 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

Biography

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

Books

  • From Justitieombudsman to Defensor del Pueblo: Human Rights Ombudsmen in Latin America. , 2019
  • Report on the Resolution of Outstanding Property Claims Between Cuba and Spain. (With Patrick J. Borchers, Michael J. Kelly, and Richard C. Witmer). In Press, Cuban Affairs, 2015
  • Moreno, E. Colombia: the Detrimental Effects of Violence, The Quality of Democracy in Latin America: Theory and Cases, 2011
  • Moreno, Erika, Escobar-Lemmon, M. Mejor Solo que Mal Acompañado: Political Entrepreneurs in Colombia, Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Democracy in Latin America., 119-142, 2008
  • Moreno, E., Shugart, M. S., Fajarado, L. Deepening Democracy by Renovating Political Practices: The Struggle for Electoral Reform in Colombia, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Colombia, 2007

Articles

  • “Government and Politics: Colombia.” , Handbook of Latin American Studies, 74, 2019
  • “Government and Politics: Colombia.” , Handbook of Latin American Studies, 75, 2018
  • “The Defensoria del Pueblo: Public Advocate for Human Rights in the Americas.” , Panoramas, 2017
  • “The Contributions of the Ombudsman to Human Rights in Latin America, 1982-2011”, Latin American Politics and Society, 58(1), 98-120, 2016
  • “Improving the Democratic Brand through Institution Building: Ombudsmen and Corruption in Latin America, 2000-2011.”, Latin American Policy, 7(1), 126-146, 2016
  • "Where Capacity and Incentives Meet: Presidential Authority and Property Rights in Latin America.", Politics and Policy, 43(3), 315-346, 2015
  • "The Power of the Pen: Human Rights Offices Improve Human Rights Provisions in Latin America?”, Human Rights Review, 17(2), 143-164, 2015
  • Moreno, Erika Precarious Democracies: Understanding Regime Stability and Change in Colombia and Venezuela, Latin American Politics and Society, 55, 181-183, 2013
  • Moreno, E. Platforms, Policy and the Bottom' Line: What do 'New' Parties Value in Colombia and Venezuela?, Social Science Journal, 50, 189-194, 2013
  • Moreno, Erika Policy mandates and re-election among single issue parties, Social Science Journal, 50, 189-194, 2013
  • Moreno, E. Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy [Book Review], Bulletin of Latin American Research, 30, 373-374, 2011
  • Moreno, Erika Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in radical social democracy [book review], Bulletin of Latin American Research, 30, 373-374, 2011
  • Moreno, E. Election Note: Colombia?..s 2010 Presidential and Legislative Elections, Electoral Studies, 30, 571-575, 2011
  • Moreno, Erika Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia., Comparative Political Studies, 43, 411-414, 2010
  • Moreno, E. Review: Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia [Book Review], Comparative Political Studies, 43, 411-414, 2010
  • Thyne, Clayton, Moreno, Erika Squeaky Wheels and Uneqal Policy: Executive Authority and Education Reform in Latin America, Comparative Political Studies, 41, 921-946, 2008
  • Borchers, Patrick J., Kelly, Michael J., Moreno, Erika, Witmer, Richard C., Wunsch, James S., Pearlstein, Arthur Executive summary: Report on the resolution of outstanding property claims between Cuba & the United States, Creighton Law Review, 41, 207-218, 2008
  • Witmer, Richard C., Moreno, Erika, Borchers, Patrick J., Kelly, Michael J. A proposed property claims settlement mechanism for the United States and Cuba, Cuban Affairs, 2, 11-Jan, 2007
  • Moreno, E. Whither the Colombian two party system: An assessment of electoral reforms and their limits, Electoral Studies, 24, 485-509, 2005

Editing and Reviews

  • The Cuba-US Bilateral Relationship: New Pathways and Policy Choices, Oxford University Press, 2019

Presentations

  • “The Missing Link? Citizens and the Ombudsman in Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador” (with Bianca Mejia-Jinete.) Paper prepared for the Southern Political Science Association Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 14-17, 2015., 2015
  • “Where there is will there is an Agency: Corruption and the Ombudsman in Latin America.” Paper prepared for the Midwestern Political Science Association Meeting. Chicago, IL. April 3-6, 2014., 2014
  • “From Justitie ombudsman to Defensor del Pueblo: Institutional Design in the Human Rights Ombudsman Office Across Latin America.” Paper prepared for the Midwestern Political Science Association Meeting. Chicago, IL. April 12-14, 2013., 2013
  • “Human Rights Ombudsmen in Latin America: Institutional Sources of Independence (or lack thereof), 1950-2011.” Paper prepared for the Midwestern Political Science Association Meeting. Chicago, IL. April 12-14, 2012, 2012
  • “Mere Window Dressing? Human Rights Ombudsmen and Personal Integrity Violations in Latin America, 1982-2006.” ”. Paper prepared for the 67th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Chicago, IL. March 31- April 3, 2011., 2011
  • “Mere Window Dressing? Human Rights Ombudsmen and Personal Integrity Violations in Latin America, 1982-2006.” (With Richard Witmer, II) Paper prepared for the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference. Las Vegas, NV. March 16-19, 2011., 2011

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

  • APSA Research Grant, March 2014
  • 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