Irwin L. Morris


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I am the William T. Kretzer Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Executive Director of the School for Public and International Affairs. A student of southern politics for over two decades, I have also published research in the areas of political economy, race and ethnic politics, public policy, and American political institutions. My most recent book (co-authored with Bryan Gervais), Reactionary Republicans: How the Tea Party in the House Paved the Way for Trump’s Victory (Oxford University Press, 2018), explains the rise of Donald Trump and the new brand of Republican conservatism. My current research projects include the 21st century transformation of southern politics and the partisan foundations of public responses to COVID-19.

Teaching and Research Interests

American institutions, public policy, political economy, southern politics


Movers, Stayers, and the Partisan Transformation of 21st Century Southern Politics. Under contract. Oxford University Press.


Reactionary Republicans: How the Tea Party in the House Paved the Way for Trump’s Victory. 2018. With Bryan Gervais. Oxford University Press.

The Clinton Impeachment: Where are They Now?  With Nicholas S. Miras. 2018. In The Politics of Impeachment. Edited by Margaret Tseng. Washington, DC: Westphalia Press (Policy Studies Organization).

The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth, and the Partisan Transformation of the American South. 2012 (Paperback edition, 2014). With M.V. Hood III and Quentin Kidd. Oxford University Press.

The American Presidency. 2010. Cambridge University Press. (Textbook)


Movers and Stayers and the Transformation of Southern Politics. 2020. Presented at the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, Charleston, SC.

When Parties Tweet: Assessing and Explaining Incivility in State Legislatures. 2019. With Bryan Gervais. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Austin, TX.


Executive Director, SPIA


  • PhD in Political Science from UNC-CH, 1994
  • MA in Political Science from UNC-CH, 1991
  • BA in Political Science from Furman University, 1989