Head shot of Mark Jones
  • Kinder Fellow
  • Professor of Political Science
  • Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies
  • Rice University

Mark Jones is the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, where he works as a political science fellow. He is also a professor of political science and the director of the Master of Global Affairs program. 

Jones’ research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, public policy, representation and voting. He is currently working on three principal research agendas. The first examines the impact of political institutions on politics and public policy in Latin America. The second analyzes the evolution of partisan politics in Texas over the past 50 years. The third focuses on Latino electoral participation and representation in Texas.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994 and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Tulane University in 1989, with a year of study at Universidad de Costa Rica. Jones regularly advises U.S. government institutions on economic and political affairs in Argentina and has conducted research on public policy issues in Latin America and Texas for numerous international, national and local organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United States Department of Defense, the Texas Department of Agriculture and the city of Houston. He also provides frequent commentary on Texas politics in local media outlets and has published several books, including Texas Politics Today: 2015-2016, in its 17th edition, and Electoral Laws and the Survival of Presidential Democracies.