Emory University

Associate Professor of Political Science, 2010 - present
Winship Distinguished Research Professor, 2012-2015
Assistant Professor of Political Science, 2007 - present

Florida State University

Assistant Professor of Political Science, 2004 - 2007

Center for U.S. - Mexican Studies, UCSD

Visiting Fellow, Fall 2003


New York University School of Law

Law School Fellowship, 2002 - 2003

Washington University in St. Louis

Ph.D. in Political Science, August 2002
Edwin S. Corwin Award for best doctoral dissertation in law and courts, 2001-2002. Awarded by the American Political Science Association.

MA. in Political Science, May 1999

University of Richmond

B.A. in Political Science, May 1996



Staton, Jeffrey K. 2010. Judicial Power and Strategic Communication in Mexico. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Gauri, Varun, Jeffrey K. Staton, and Jorge Vargas Cullell. 2015. “The Costa Rican Supreme Court's Compliance Monitoring System.” Journal of Politics. 77 (3): 774-786.

Clark, Tom S. and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2015. “An Informational Model of Constituitonal Jurisdiction” (formerly, “Optimal Dockets”).
Journal of Politics. 77 (3): 589-607

Linzer, Drew and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2015. “A Global Measure of Judicial Independence, 1948-2012” (formerly, “A Measurement Model for Synthesizing Multiple Comparative Indicators: The Case of Judicial Independence”).
Journal of Law and Courts. 3 (2): 223-256.

Reenock, Christoper, Jeffrey K. Staton, and Marius Radean. 2013. “Legal Institutions and Democratic Survival. Journal of Politics 95 (2): 491-505.

Ríos-Figueroa, Julio and Jeffrey K. Staton. Forthcoming. “An Evaluation of Cross-National Measures of Judicial Independence.”
Journal of Law, Economics and Organization.

Lindstädt, Rene and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2012. “Managing Expectations.”
Journal of Theoretical Politics. 24 (2): 274-302.

Staton, Jeffrey. 2012. “Rule of Law Concepts and Rule of Law Models.”
The Justice System Journal. 33: 235-241.

Coppedge, Michael and John Gerring, with David Altman, Michael Bernard, Steven Fish, Allen Hicken, Matthew Kroenig, Staffan I. Lindberg, Kelly McMann, Pamela Paxton, Holli A. Semetko, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jeffrey K. Staton, and Jan Teorell. 2011. “Conceptualizng and Measuring Democracy: A New Approach.
Perspectives on Politics 9(2): 247-267.

Staton, Jeffrey K. and Will H. Moore. 2011. “Judicial Power in Domestic and International Politics.”
International Organization 65: 553-587.

Staton, Jeffrey K. and Christopher Reenock. 2010. “Substitutable Protections: Socioeconomic Insulation and Credible Commitment Devices.”
Political Research Quarterly.63 (1): 115-128.

Powell, Emilia J. and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2009. “Domestic Judicial Institutions and Human Rights Treaty Violation.”
International Studies Quarterly 53: 149-174.

Staton, Jeffrey K. and Georg Vanberg. 2008. “The Value of Vagueness: Delegation, Defiance, and Judicial Opinions.”
American Journal of Political Science 58 (3): 504-519.

Staton, Jeffrey K., Robert A. Jackson and Damarys Canache. 2007. “Dual Nationality Among Latinos: What Are the Implications for Political-Connectedness?”
Journal of Politics 69 (2): 470-482.

Staton, Jeffrey K. 2006. “Constitutional Review and the Selective Promotion of Case Results.”
American Journal of Political Science 50 (January): 98-112.

Meinke, Scott, Jeffrey K. Staton and Steve Wuhs. 2006. “State Delegate Selection Rules for Presidential Nominations, 1972-2000.”
Journal of Politics 68 (February): 180-193.

Staton, Jeffrey K. 2004. “Judicial Policy Implementation in Mexico City and Mérida.”
Comparative Politics 37 (October): 41-60.

Chapters and Other Publications

Helmke, Gretchen and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2010. “The Puzzle of Judicial Politics in Latin America: A Theory of Litigation, Judicial Decisions, and Inter-branch Conflict.” In Courts in Latin America, Gretchen Helmke and Julio Ríos-Figueroa, Eds. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Staton, Jeffrey K. 2007. “Lobbying for Judicial Reform: The Role of the Mexican Supreme Court in Institutional Selection.” In
Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico, Eds. Wayne Cornelius and David A. Shirk. South Bend: Notre Dame University Press.
  • Spanish Version: “Cabildeo por una reforma judicial: el papel de la Suprema Corte de Justicia mexicana en la selección institucional.” Arturo Alvarado, Ed. La Reforma de Justicia en México. México: El Colegio de México.

Clark, Tom S. and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2011. “Challenges and Opportunities of Judicial Independence Research.” Law & Courts Newsletter. 21 (2): 10-16.

Staton, Jeffrey K. 2010. “A Comment on ‘The Rule of Law Unplugged.’”
Emory Law Journal. 59(6): 1495-1513.

Rios-Figueroa, Julio and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2009. “Summary: Unpacking the Rule of Law.”
Comparative Politics Newsletter 20 (1).

Staton, Jeffrey K. 2009. “Shaping the Field? The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics.”
Law & Courts Newsletter. 19 (1): 19-22.

Staton, Jeffrey K. 2008. “Formal Theory in Comparative Judicial Politics.”
Law & Courts Newsletter. 18 (3): 10-15.


Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences), reference number M13-0559:1 (subcontract from University of Gothenburg. “Varieties of Democracy: Judiciary Project.” January 2014 – August 2015. Budget: $50,306.00 and $45,000.00.

University Research Council, Emory University
“Compliance Monitoring in Colombia.” April 2012 – April 2013. Budget: $9940.00.

National Science Foundation, Law and Social Sciences Program (SES-0751340)
“Collaborative Research: A Cross-National Study of Judicial Institutionalization and Influence” (Co-PI with Gretchen Helmke, Matthew Gabel, Andrew Martin, and Clifford Carrubba). April 2008 – April 2011. Budget: $51,405.00.

Council on Research & Creativity, Cornerstone Grant, Florida State University
“Establishing a Center for The Study of Democratic Performance at Florida State University,” July 2007-July 2009. (William Berry is Principal Investigator; Co-PI with John Scholz, Charles Barrilleaux, HeeMin Kim, Cherie Maestas, Matthew Golder, Sona Golder, David Siegel and Mark Souva). Budget: $10,000.00.

First Year Assistant Professor Grant, Florida State University.
“Judicial Public Relations and its Impact on Media Coverage” June 2004 – August 2004. Budget: $13,000.00

Awards (as part of Varieties of Democracy Team):
LindCanadian International Development Agency
“Varieties of Democracy Project.” March 2012. (Project Manager, Judiciary Project; PI is Staffan Lindberg of University of Gothenberg. Budget: C$128,000.00.

Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
“Varieties of Democracy Project.” 2011. (Project Manager, Judiciary Project; PI is Staffan Lindberg of University of Gothenberg. Budget: US$110,000.00.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
“Varieties of Democracy: Measuring Democracy: A Multidimensional, Tiered, and Historical Approach.” 2011. (Project Manager, Judiciary Project; PIs are Staffan Lindberg (University of Gothenberg), Michael Coppedge (University of Notre Dame), Jan Teorell (Lund University) and John Gerring (Boston University). Budget: US$235,000.00.

Under Development:
“Measuring Democracy: A Multidimensional, Tiered, and Historical Approach” (Co-PI with Michael Coppedge, John Gerring, Michael Bernhard, Jörgen Elklit, Steven Fish, Allen Hicken, Staffan Lindber, Kelly McMann, Pamela Paxton, Holli Semetko, Svend-Erik Skaaning and Jan Teorell).

Grants applied for (Project Manager for PI Staffan Lindberg):
EuropeAid Development and Cooperation: €500,00.00
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark: US$199,000.00
International IDEA: $900,000.00
Riksbankensjubileums Fond: US$5,700,000.00

Working Papers

Carrubba, Clifford J., Matthew Gabel, Gretchen Helmke, Jeffrey K. Staton and Andrew D. Martin. “When Parchment Barriers Matter: De jure judicial independence and the concentration of power.” Under review.

Clark, Tom S., Jeffrey K. Staton, Eugene Agichtein, and Yu Wang. “Using Twitter to Study Public Discourse in the Wake of Judicial Decisions: Public Reactions to the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Cases.”
Under review.

Clark, Tom S., Benjamin Engst, and Jeffrey K. Staton. “Estimating the Effect of Leisure on Judicial Performance.
Under review.

Staton, Jeffrey K., Christopher Reenock and Staffan Lindberg. “Bending but not Breaking: Rule of Law Tensions and Regime Survival.” Under review.

Arrington, Nancy, Adam Glynn, Brian Delgado and Jeffrey K. Staton. “Gender Diversity on High Courts.” Under development.

Staton, Jeffrey K. and Alexia Romero. “Task Complexity and Order Clarity on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.” Under development.

Jaramillo, Isabel Cristina, Gauri, Varun, Jeffrey K. Staton, and Mariana Castellon. “Transparency and Compliance in Colombian Tutela: Evidence from a Field Experiment.” Under development.

Gauri, Varun and Jeffrey K. Staton. 2015.
Non-Compliance as a Democratic Virtue. Book project.

Book Reviews

2008. “Judges beyond Politics in Democracy and Dictatorship: Lessons from Chile,” by Lisa Hilbink. Law and Politics Book Review.

2006. “Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court,” by James R. Rogers, Roy B. Flemming and Jon R. Bond, Eds.
Law and Politics Book Review.

2005. “Courts Under Constraints: Judges, Generals, and Presidents in Argentina,” by Gretchen Helmke
Comparative Political Studies 38 (November): 1159-1162.

Presentations (see PDF)


Teaching Interests

Comparative Political Institutions, Formal Theory, Judicial Behavior, Constitutional Law, Latin American Politics

Courses Taught

Game Theory and Politics
Core Seminar in Comparative Politics
Constitutional Courts

Latin American Politics
Comparative Constitutional Law
Introduction to Comparative Government
Political Accountability in Latin America
Civil Liberties
Constitutional Law


Professional Service

Conferences and Sections Organized:
Section Head (Positive Political Theory): Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. New Orleans. January, 2012.

Section Head (Comparative Politics: Institutions): Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2-5, 2009, Chicago, IL.

Workshop on Law, Politics and Human Rights, February 2009, Emory University

Mini-Conference on Delegation and Independence in Domestic and International Law, February 8-9, 2008, Florida State University

Conference on Textual Analysis and Law, March 21-23, 2008, Emory University

NSF Law and Social Sciences Program, Dissertation Improvement Grant Panel

American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, American Politics Research, Law and Society Review, National Science Foundation, Law & Policy, Política y Gobierno

Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, International Studies Association Annual Conference

Departmental Service

Pizza and Politics, Co-supervisor, Emory University, 2007-2009

International Relations Search Committee, Emory University, 2011-2012

Graduate Committee, Emory University, 2007-present

Professional Relations Committee, Emory University, 2008-2010

Executive Committee, Florida State, 2006-2007

Open Search Committee, Florida State, 2006-2007

Comparative Politics Search Committee, Florida State, 2005-2006

Field Representative for Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science, Florida State University, 2006-2007

Dissertation Committees:
Amy Liu, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
Mike Allison, Assistant Professor, University of Scranton
Emilia Powell, Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Jackie Rubin, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
Matt Ingram, Fellow, Center for U.S. Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego
Emily Hencken Ritter, University of Alabama
Barry Hashimoto, Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University
Jun Koga, Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University
B.K. Park, Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University (Chair)

Chair, Undergraduate Honors Committees, Emory University
Daniel Lemaitre
Brandon Sibilia
Pooja Yadav
Alexia Romero
Ross Friedman
Khurram Dara
Brandon Sibilia

Chair, Undergraduate Honors Committees, Florida State University
Mehdi Benkhatar
Guillermo Cancio

College and University Service

Laney Graduate School Executive Council, 2012- present

Arts & Sciences Fellowship Committee, Spring 2010

FAME advisor, 2008

Presentation on international human rights law and compliance, April 25, 2008,
Introduction to Global Health, Emory University

Research Presentation, Pi Sigma Alpha, January 30, 2008, Emory University

Advisor, Phi Alpha Delta (Undergraduate Pre-Law Society), Florida State University