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Michael Ross


Contact Information

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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Princeton, 1997

Fields of Study

Comparative Politics

Current Courses by Term

2019 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in International Development Studies

Seminar: Comparative Politics

Teaching Apprentice Practicum