Stephen D. Morris, Ph.D., is a nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico. He is currently on leave from his position as a professor in the Department of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where he served as department chair from 2009 to 2017. He also has a joint appointment to the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining MTSU in the fall of 2009, he served as the director of the International Studies Program at the University of South Alabama and as a professor of political science for two decades.
Morris has taught in Mexico at the Universidad de las Americas and as a Fulbright lecturer at the Universidad de Guadalajara. His publications include “Corruption and Politics in Contemporary Mexico” (University of Alabama Press, 1991), “Political Reformism in Mexico” (Lynne Rienner, 1995), “Gringolandia: Mexican Identity and Perceptions of the United States” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), “Corruption and Democracy in Latin America” (University of Pittsburgh, 2009, co-edited with Charles Blake); “Political Corruption in Mexico: The Impact of Democratization” (Lynne Rienner 2009) and “Corruption and Politics in Latin America” (Lynne Rienner 2010, co-edited with Charles Blake). He has also served as president of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies and is a member of the editorial board of the organization’s journal, The Latin Americanist, and of Carta Economica Regional (Universidad de Guadalajara).
Morris holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Arizona.