Domingo Morel

Domingo Morel


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Office Location

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Domingo Morel is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. He is also an affiliate member of Global Urban Studies and the Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Newark.

His research program and teaching portfolio focus on racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, education politics and public policy. Specifically, his research explores the ways state policies help expand or diminish political inequality among historically marginalized populations.

Dr. Morel’s current research examines how the increasing presence of state governments in urban affairs after the 1960s has affected Black and Latino political empowerment in U.S. cities. His book, Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy (Oxford University Press) examines the political implications of state takeovers of local school districts for communities of color. His other book, Latino Mayors: Power and Political Change in the Postindustrial City (co-edited with Marion Orr, Temple University Press), examines the rise of Latino mayors in the U.S.

In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Morel has years of applied experience in political affairs and public policy. He is co-founder of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and past president of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee.

He received his Ph.D. in political science from Brown University in 2014.


B.S. University of Rhode Island

M.A. Rhode Island College

M.A. Brown University

Ph.D. Brown University


Race and ethnic politics

Urban politics

Education politics

Public policy



Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy (Oxford University Press.)

Latino Mayors: Power and Political Change in the Postindustrial City, co-editor with Marion Orr (Temple University Press).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2016. “Race and State in the Urban Regime,” forthcoming, Urban Affairs Review.

2016. “The Effects of Centralized Government Authority on Black and Latino Political Empowerment,” Political Research Quarterly.

Book Chapters

2016. “Latino Public School Engagement and Political Socialization,” with Marion Orr, Kenneth Wong, and Emily Farris. In Urban Citizenship and American Democracy: The Historical and Institutional Roots of Local Politics and Policy, eds Amy Bridges and Michael Javen Fortner. New York: SUNY Press.

2014. “Black and Brown Coalition Formation in New England: Latino Perceptions of Cross-Racial Commonality,” with Marion Orr and Katrina Gamble. In Ciencia Politica: The Scientific Analysis of Latino Politics in the United States, eds. Anthony Affigne, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, and Marion Orr. New York: New York University Press.