Michael Albertus is an associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago. His broader research interests include inequality and redistribution, democracy and dictatorship, economic development, property rights, and civil conflict. Albertus’s first book, Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2015), won the Gregory Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics and the LASA Bryce Wood Award for best book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities. His second book, co-authored with Victor Menaldo, Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2018), explores the origins of democracy and the impact that autocratic legacies have on the institutional architecture of democracy as well as its representativeness and distributive implications. He has also recently published in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies. He has a forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press entitled Property Without Rights: Origins and Consequences of the Property Rights Gap (anticipated February 2021).