Kevin Morris

Brennan Center for Justice
Sociology PhD Student, CUNY Graduate Center

I'm a researcher at the Brennan Center, where my work focuses on voting rights, election administration, and the effects of the criminal legal system on political participation. In my spare time, I'm working on my PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Authority After the Tempest: Hurricane Michael and the 2018 Elections. (With Peter Miller). Accepted, Journal of Politics.

Morris, Kevin and Peter Miller (2022). "Voting in a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Primary Turnout in Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Urban Affairs Review, 58 (2): 597-613. (Publisher's Version(Pre-print)

Morris, Kevin (2021). "Turnout and Amendment 4: Mobilizing Eligible Voters Close to Formerly Incarcerated Floridians." American Political Science Review, 115 (3): 805-20. (Publisher's Version(Accepted Version)

Morris, Kevin (2021). “Welcome Home—Now Vote! Voting Rights Restoration and Postsupervision Participation.” Social Science Quarterly 102 (1): 140–53. (Publisher's Version (free access))

Morris, Kevin (2021). “Neighborhoods and Felony Disenfranchisement: The Case of New York City.” Urban Affairs Review 57 (5): 1203-25. (Publisher's Version(Pre-print)

Morris, Kevin, and Myrna Pérez (2021). “Barriers to the Ballot Box in Texas.” In Mexican American Civil Rights in Texas, edited by Robert Brischetto and J. Richard Avena, 225–41. Michigan State University Press. (Pre-print)


Working Papers

Ticketing and Turnout: How Policing for Profit Shapes Democratic Participation. (With Jon Ben-Menachem). Revise and Resubmit, American Political Science Review. (Working Paper).

Contested Killings: The Mobilizing Effects of Community Contact with Police Violence. (With Kelsey Shoub). Revise and Resubmit, American Political Science Review (Working Paper).

Manza, Jeff, and Kevin Morris. "Felony Disenfranchisement and Political Inequality." In Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, edited by David B Grusky, Nima Dahir, and Claire Daviss, 5th ed.

A Right Restricted: Partisanship, Racial Backlash, and Restrictions to the Ballot Box.

Grief and Anger: Disentangling the Effects of COVID-19 on Turnout.


Brennan Center Reports

Klain, Hannah, Kevin Morris, Max Feldman, and Rebecca Ayala. 2020. "Waiting to Vote: Racial Disparities in Election Day Experiences." Brennan Center for Justice. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/waiting-vote.

Morris, Kevin, and Peter Dunphy. 2019. "AVR Impact on State Voter Registration." Brennan Center for Justice. https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/Report_AVR_Impact_State_Voter_Registration.pdf.

Brater, Jonathan, Kevin Morris, Myrna Pérez, and Chris Deluzio. 2018. "Purges: A Growing Threat to the Right to Vote." Brennan Center for Justice. https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/Report_Purges_Growing_Threat.pdf.


Other Selected Writing

The Impact of Restrictive Voting LegislationBrennan Center for Justice

Restrictive Voting Laws Are Highly PartisanBrennan Center for Justice

Racial Turnout Gap Grew in Jurisdictions Previously Covered by the Voting Rights ActBrennan Center for Justice

Large Racial Turnout Gap Persisted in 2020 ElectionBrennan Center for Justice

Testimony Before Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on ElectionsUnited States House of Representatives

Georgia’s Attempt to Limit Out-of-Precinct Voting Will Hurt Black NeighborhoodsBrennan Center for Justice

Georgia’s Proposed Voting Restrictions Will Harm Black Voters MostBrennan Center for Justice

Digging into the Georgia Primary. Brennan Center for Justice.

Did Consolidating Polling Places in Milwaukee Depress Turnout? Brennan Center for Justice.

Voting and Protesting Go Hand-in-Hand — and There Are Barriers to Both. Brennan Center for Justice.

Who’s Requesting Mail Ballots in Georgia’s Upcoming Primary? Brennan Center for Justice.

Who Votes by Mail? Brennan Center for Justice.

The Reform Law Needed to Counter Citizens United: H.R. 1. With Ian Vandewalker. Brennan Center for Justice.

Voter Purge Rates Remain High, Analysis FindsBrennan Center for Justice.

Thwarting Amendment 4Brennan Center for Justice.

North Carolina’s Election Fiasco Is About Voter Suppression, Not Voter FraudBrennan Center for Justice.

A Transformative Step for Democracy in FloridaBrennan Center for Justice.

Florida PrimariesData for Progress.

What the Hell is Happening in DC? Data for Progress.

Florida, Georgia, North Carolina Still Purging Voters at High Rates. With Myrna Pérez. Brennan Center for Justice.

The IDC Challengers and Cynthia NixonData for Progress.

What Happened in the NY-14? Data for Progress.

The Day AfterData for Progress.

Young Voters, Not Gentrification, Drove Ocasio-Cortez's Victory. Data for Progress.

Young Voters are Changing the Democratic PartyData for Progress.