James A. Morone

Political Science

James Morone is the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro and New York, received his BA from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Professor Morone has been a visiting professor at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Bremen (in Germany). The Brown University classes of 1993, 1999, 2001, 2007, and 2008 voted him the Hazeltine Citation as the teacher that most inspired them. Professor Morone has served as chair of the political science department and currently chairs the Faculty Executive Committee, which is responsible for faculty governance at Brown University.

Morone’s first book, The Democratic Wish, was named a “notable book of 1991” by the New York Times and won the Political Science Association’s Kammerer Award for the best book on the United States. His Hellfire Nation: the Politics of Sin in American History was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and named a top book of 2003 by numerous newspapers and magazines. His The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office (written with David Blumenthal, MD) was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. According to unreliable sources, President Obama was seen reading the book at Camp David. Professor Morone’s tenth book, The Devils We Know will be published this October; he has also written over 150 articles, reviews, and essays on American political history, health care policy, and social issues.

Dr. Morone has been president of the New England Political Science Association and the Politics and History section of American Political Science Association. He was distinguished Fulbright lecturer to Japan, has served on the editorial board of eight scholarly journals (chairing two of them), and has testified before the US Congress numerous times -- most recently in January, 2009 when he spent the weekend with the newly elected members of Congress and addressed them on health reform.

Morone comments frequently on political issues for shows like The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, The BBC, Fox News, C Span, NPR’s Market Place, Morning Edition, Science Friday, The Take Away and other shows. He has written multiple essays for The London Review of Books, The American Prospect Magazine, and The New York Times.

When he is not at Brown, Jim lives in a 19th century farmhouse in Lempster, New Hampshire and served for many years as the master of ceremonies at the town’s annual Old Home Day talent show. Jim is especially proud of his canned tomatoes.