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Beatriz Magaloni-Kerpel

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Beatriz Magaloni-Kerpel

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Woods Institute for the Environment
PhD, Political Science, Duke University, 1997
MA, Politcal Science, Duke University
Licenciatura, Law - ITAM, Mexico, 1989


Beatriz Magaloni-Kerpel is a professor of political science and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. She is also an affiliated faculty at the Stanford King Center on Global Development.

Her research focuses on the political economy of development. Her work falls into four themes:  the study of authoritarian regimes; distributive politics; “traditional” forms of governance and non-state provision of public goods; and drug-trafficking violence, public security and human rights. Much of my research has been on Latin America.  

She is the founding director of the Poverty, Violence + Governance Lab, a place for action–oriented research that establishes partnerships with government agencies, police departments, and civil society organizations to conduct research that aims to generate knowledge as to what works and doesn’t to control violence, improve the functioning and accountability of security institutions, restrain human rights abuses, and increase opportunities for at-risk youth. The Lab engages researchers and students — undergraduates, MA and PhD candidates — from the fields of political science, education, economics, international policy studies, and engineering.

She is the author of Voting for Autocracy (2006, Cambridge University Press –winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award for the best book written in the previous two years on parties and elections and the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization Section). She is also the author of The Political Logic of Poverty Relief: Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico (2016, Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros and Federico Estévez).

Research Interests: 
Comparative Democratization, Politics of Poverty Relief