Bio


Beatriz Magaloni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the Woods Institute of the Environment (2011-2013) and a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development.

Her first book, Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2006), won the Best Book Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association and the 2007 Leon Epstein Award for the Best Book published in the previous two years in the area of political parties and organizations. Her second book, Strategies of Vote Buying: Democracy, Clientelism, and Poverty Relief in Mexico (co-authored with Alberto Diaz Cayeros and Federico Estévez), studies the politics of poverty relief. Why clientelism is such a prevalent form of electoral exchange, how it distorts policies aimed at aiding the poor, and when it can be superseded by more democratic and accountable forms of electoral exchange are some of the central questions that the book addresses.

In 2010 she founded the Program on Poverty and Governance (POVGOV) within FSI's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. There she pursues a research agenda focused on governance, poverty reduction, electoral clientelism, the provision of public goods and criminal violence. Most of the work at POVGOV is conducted in a team lab-based approach with undergraduate and graduate student trainees and post-doctoral fellows. The projects use a multi-method approach combining observational data, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), surveys, experimental designs, and in-depth ethnographic work.

Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, Annual Review of Political Science, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Theoretical Politics and other journals.

Prior to joining Stanford in 2001, Professor Magaloni was a visiting professor at UCLA and a professor of Political Science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. She also holds a law degree from ITAM.

Honors & Awards


  • Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award, American Political Science Association (2007)
  • Best book award given by the Comparative Democratization section, American Political Science Association (2007)
  • Best Paper in Comparative Politics, 96th American Political Science Association Meeting (with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros and Barry Weingast) (2001)
  • Gabriel Almond Award — Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association (1998)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Chair of the Michael Wallerstein Award for the best paper on political economy published in the past two years, American Political Science Association Meeting (2012 - 2012)
  • Organizer of the Comparative Politics of Developing Countries Section, American Political Science Association Meeting (2011 - 2011)
  • Gabriel Almond Award Committee, Comparative Politics Division, American Political Science Association (2010 - 2010)
  • Lubbert Award for Best Paper, Comparative Politics Division, American Political Science Association (2005 - 2005)
  • Assistant to the editor, World Development (2013 - Present)
  • Research Scholars Group, World Justice Project (2013 - Present)

Program Affiliations


  • Center for Latin American Studies

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Political Science (1997)
  • M.A., Duke University, Department of Political Science (1993)
  • Licenciatura, ITAM, Mexico, Law (1989)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Latin American Politics

2018-19 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Jane Esberg, Mashail Malik, Shea Streeter, Scott Williamson
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Edgar Franco Vivanco, Luis Rodriguez
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Cesar Vargas Nunez

All Publications


  • Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective Magaloni, B., Milani, A., Domber, G. edited by Stoner, K., McFaul, M. A. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2013
  • Traditional Governance, Citizen Engagement and Local Public Goods: Evidence from Mexico World Development Magaloni , B., Díaz-Cayeros , A., Euler , A. R. 2013
  • The Game of Electoral Fraud and the Ousting of Authoritarian Rule AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Magaloni, B. 2010; 54 (3): 751-765
  • Political Order and One-Party Rule ANNUAL REVIEW OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, VOL 13 Magaloni, B., Kricheli, R. 2010; 13: 123-143
  • AIDING LATIN AMERICA'S POOR JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diaz-Cayeros, A., Magaloni, B. 2009; 20 (4): 36-49
  • Welfare Benefits, Canvassing, and Campaign Handouts Consolidating Mexico's Democracy Magaloni, B., Díaz-Cayeros, A., Estévez, F. 2009
  • Credible power-sharing and the longevity of authoritarian rule COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES Magaloni, B. 2008; 41 (4-5): 715-741
  • Partisan cleavages, state retrenchment, and free trade - Latin America in the 1990s Annual Meeting of the American-Political-Science-Association Magaloni, B., Romero, V. LATIN AMER STUDIES ASSOC. 2008: 107–35
  • Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico Magaloni , B. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. 2006
  • A la Puerta de la Ley: El Estado de Derecho en México (At the Threshold of the Law: Rule of Law in Mexico) Magaloni , B., Rubio , L., Jaime , E. CIDAC - Cal y Arena. 1993