Jeffrey J. Ryan (B.A., Colorado State University, 1983; M.A., Rice University, 1987; Ph.D., Rice University, 1989) is an associate professor of Comparative Politics and Latin American & Latino Studies. He is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award (1996) and the university-wide Dr. John and Mrs. Lois Imhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Mentorship (2011). Professor Ryan teaches courses in Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Inter-American Politics and Political Violence.
Dr. Ryan has presented research at numerous national and international conferences, including invited presentations in Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile, Mexico, Argentina and elsewhere. His work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Public Administration Review, Latin American Policy, Derecho y Cultura and PS: Political Science & Politics, among others.
His published work has ranged from issues relating to anti-immigrant voting in the global South; the impact of decentralization on participation and accountability in Costa Rica; state terrorism in Uruguay; comparative ethics reform in Arkansas and Jalisco, Mexico; decentralization and democratic instability; and the impact of neoliberal reforms on electoral abstention. His current research interests are focused on the effects of democratization, gender and criminal violence on citizen participation at the local level in Mexico.