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Manuel Cabal

I am a Teaching Fellow in the Division of Social Sciences and a graduate preceptor in the Committee on International Relations (CIR) of the University of Chicago, where I received my PhD in Political Science.

I specialize in comparative politics with a regional focus on Latin America. My research interests are in state-building, authoritarianism, and the political economy of development. Methodologically, I combine quantitative data analysis with comparative-historical approaches.

My current research opens the black box of policy-making under authoritarianism, asking why dictators sometimes provide public goods that foster economic development. I particularly study the massive expansion of primary education after the Mexican Revolution and the geographic patterns of schooling supply. Please, see more details on my research site.

My teaching has especially focused on research methods in the social sciences, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. I have also experience teaching introductory courses in comparative politics and public policy, as well as graduate courses in comparative politics topics, such as state-building, political regimes, and Latin American politics. Please, visit my teaching site for more details.

I hold a BA (Licenciatura) in Political Science from Instituto Tecnológico Autonómo de México (ITAM), and an MA from the University of Chicago. Before arriving to Chicago, I worked for the Mexican Federal Government as a policy analyst and a speechwriter.