Faculty

Michael Ross

Professor & Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Contact Information

Email    mlross@polisci.ucla.edu
Office  3375 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-4331
Michael L. Ross is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and past Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He has published widely on the political and economic problems of resource-rich countries — most recently in The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Shapes the Development of Nations — as well as on civil war, democratization, and gender rights. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Politics and Gender, and World Politics. In 2009, he received the Heinz Eulau Award from the American Political Science Association for the best article published in the American Political Science Review.
His work has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times, and been featured in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and many other publications. Ross currently serves on the advisory boards of the Revenue Watch Institute, the Natural Resource Charter, and Clean Trade, and was previously a member of the Advisory Group for the World Bank's Extractive Industries Review. He is also a member of the Political Instability Task Force and the APSA Task Force on Democracy Audits and Governmental Indicators.
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Degrees

Princeton, 1997

Fields of Study

Comparative Politics

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

Seminar: Comparative Politics

Introduction to Political Inquiry: Problems of Scientific Inquiry and Normative Discourse

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Summer Session

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2016 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in International and Area Studies

Southeast Asian Politics

2016 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2015 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2015 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

Political Economy of Development

2015 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

2014 Fall Quarter

Teaching Political Science

2014 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Political Economy of Developing Countries

2013 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Political Economy of Development

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2013 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2012 Fall Quarter

Southeast Asian Politics

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2012 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Political Economy of Development

2012 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2011 Fall Quarter

Southeast Asian Politics

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2011 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Political Economy of Development

2011 Winter Quarter

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2010 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2010 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Political Economy of Development

2009 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Political Economy of Developing Countries

2009 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Political Economy of Development

2008 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Political Change

2008 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

Political Economy of Development

2008 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Political Change

2007 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics in International Development Studies: Senior Seminar

2006 Spring Quarter

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2005 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Political Change

2005 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Political Economy of Development

Advanced Honors Seminars

2005 Winter Quarter

Sophomore Seminars: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study of Southeast Asia

2004 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

Political Economy of Development

2003 Fall Quarter

Southeast Asian Politics

Seminar: Political Change

2003 Spring Quarter

Southeast Asian Politics

2002 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Political Change

2002 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

2002 Winter Quarter

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2001 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Political Change

Previous Courses by Course

POL SCI 195CE
Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2017 Summer Session

POL SCI 158
Southeast Asian Politics

2016 Spring Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

I A STD 160
Selected Topics in International and Area Studies

2016 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 240B
Seminar: Comparative Politics

2016 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 240A
Seminar: Comparative Politics

2015 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

INTL DV 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

POL SCI M167C
Political Economy of Development

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

INTL DV M100B
Introduction to Development Studies: Political Economy of Development

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 495
Teaching Political Science

2014 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 255
Seminar: Political Economy of Developing Countries

2014 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 258
Comparative Politics Proseminar

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 255
Seminar: Political Change

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

INTL DV 191
Variable Topics in International Development Studies: Senior Seminar

2007 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 169
Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2006 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2005 Spring Quarter

SE A ST 88
Sophomore Seminars: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study of Southeast Asia

2005 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 50
Introduction to Comparative Politics

2002 Spring Quarter