Mike Albertus received his PhD in political science from Stanford University in 2011 and is a 2011-2012 post-doctoral fellow at CDDRL. He will be an assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago starting in summer 2012. Mike's dissertation examined the political conditions under which governments implement egalitarian reforms. As part of his dissertation he conducted extensive fieldwork in Latin America, collecting data through archival work and collaboration with land reform agencies in numerous countries. While at CDDRL, he will be working on a book project on the political economy of land reform as well as several research projects related to regime transitions and stability, civil conflict, clientelism, and the strategies used by dictators to consolidate their rule such as expropriation, elections, and the forging of constitutions.