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Irwin Morris

Executive Director

School of Public and International Affairs

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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, Movers and Stayers: The Partisan Transformation of Twenty-First Century Southern Politics (Oxford University Press, 2021), won the Southern Political Science Association’s 2022 V.O. Key Award for the best book on Southern politics. My other recent work focuses on the rise of Donald Trump and the changing character of the Republican Party, the role of antebellum slavery on political attitudes in the modern South, and the impact of elite discourse on attitudes towards political violence.


“Partisan Politics in the 21st Century South: The Fading Impact of Antebellum Slavery” (Forthcoming, American Politics Research)

Movers, Stayers, and the Partisan Transformation of 21st Century Southern Politics (Oxford University Press, 2021)


Executive Director, SPIA

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  • Tue: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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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.


Ph.D. Political Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1994

M.A. Political Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1991

B.A. Political Science Furman University 1989

Area(s) of Expertise

American institutions, public policy, political economy, southern politics