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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, MA, PhD

  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science
  • Director of the Center for Latin American Studies
  • Affiliated faculty at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

Encina Hall, C149
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305

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Biography

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros joined the 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 Ph.D 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. in Mexico from 1997-1999. His work has focused on federalism, poverty and violence in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. He has published widely in Spanish and English. His book Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 (reprinted 2016). His latest book (with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni) is: The Political Logic of Poverty Relief Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico. His work has primarily focused on federalism, poverty and economic reform in Latin America, and Mexico in particular, with more recent work addressing crime and violence, youth-at-risk, and police professionalization. 

publications

Books
October 2016

"Political Logic of Poverty Relief" Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico

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Books
August 2006

Federalism, Fiscal Authority, and Centralization in Latin America

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In The News

Presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum of ''Sigamos Haciendo Historia'' coalition waves at supporters after the first results released by the election authorities show that she leads the polls by wide margin after the presidential election at Zocalo Square on June 03, 2024 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Commentary

6 Insights on Mexico’s Historic Election: Stanford Scholars Explain What This Means for the Future of its Democracy

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab, in collaboration with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, invited a panel of scholars to discuss the implications of Mexico’s elections and to analyze the political context in which they were held.
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President Petro and Alberto Diaz-Cayeros
News

Colombian President Gustavo Petro Urges Transition to Green Energy

The event, which was largely student-driven, aimed to foster dialogue on how the Stanford community can engage with Latin America.
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President Gustavo Petro Urrego of Colombia
News

CDDRL to Host Colombian President Gustavo Petro

On April 18, President Petro will discuss the critical issues of environmental and social justice from the perspective of Latin America.
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