Alberto Diaz-Cayeros joined the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) faculty in 2013 after serving for five years as the director of the Center for US-Mexico studies at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his PhD at Duke University in 1997. He was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford from 2001-2008, before which he served as an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Diaz-Cayeros has also served as a researcher at Centro de Investigacion Para el Desarrollo, A.C. from 1997-1999. His work has primarily focused on federalism, poverty and economic reform in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. He has published widely in Spanish and English. He is the author of Overawing the States: Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America and (with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni), Strategies of Vote Buying: Democracy, Clientelism and Poverty Relief in Mexico.