Democratic Erosion

a cross-university collaboration

Jessica Gottlieb

Instructor, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University


Jessica Gottlieb is Assistant Professor in the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. She is teaching a “capstone” for second-year master’s students on democratic erosion in spring 2018. She earned her PhD in political science Master’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Her research focuses on the political economy of development and, in particular, constraints to government accountability in new democracies. Her work falls into three themes: information asymmetries and voter coordination, informal institutions and clientelism, and the political implications of unequal gender norms. Much of her research has been in sub-Saharan Africa, where she has conducted field experiments, behavioral games, and surveys. She has published articles in the American Journal of Political ScienceWorld PoliticsBritish Journal of Political Science, the Quarterly Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political Studies, and World Development. Prior to her doctoral studies, Gottlieb worked at the Center for Global Development on a project encouraging donors, country governments, and multilateral organizations to better learn what works in development through improved impact evaluation.