Alberto Díaz-Cayeros is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX). Prior to coming to IR/PS, Alberto was an assistant professor in the Stanford University Department of Political Science. He is affiliated with the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL), the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID), and is a member of the board of the Center for Latin American Studies. Before taking a position at Stanford, he taught at UCLA and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City. He has also been a researcher at CIDAC, a think tank in Mexico City.
In 1997, Professor Díaz-Cayeros received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University with a specialization in comparative politics, political economy, and international political economy. His current research interests include poverty, development, federalism, clientelism and patronage, and Mexico.
Professor Díaz-Cayeros' book Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America, compares the evolution of Mexican fiscal centralization in the 20th century with Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitledStrategies of Vote Buying: Social Transfers, Democracy and Welfare in Mexico (joint with Federico Estévez and Beatriz Magaloni).