Beatriz Magaloni

Beatriz Magaloni (Duke PhD, 1998) 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 Center on Global Poverty and Development and the Director of the Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab. Her research focuses on the political economy of development. Magaloni’s 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 her research has been on Latin America. Her book, Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico, won 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 also wrote The Political Logic of Poverty Relief: Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros and Federico Estevez.