Omar Garcia-Ponce

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University of California, Davis

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. I am also a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network. Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University.

My research focuses broadly on the political economy of conflict and development, with an emphasis on topics related to both criminal and political violence. Two key questions motivate my research: How does violent conflict influence individual behavior and institutional development? And how do institutions and policies, in turn, affect patterns of violent conflict? My regional expertise is in Latin America, but I have a wide interest in the study of crime and violence.

Latin America
English, Spanish, French

[1] “Cross-Border Spillover: U.S. Gun Laws and Violence in Mexico.” (with Arindrajit Dube and Oeindrila Dube). 2013. American Political Science Review 107 (3): 397–417 [lead article].

[2] “Partisan Losers’ Effects: Perceptions of Electoral Integrity in Mexico.” (with Francisco Cantú). 2015. Electoral Studies 39: 1–14.

[3] “From Maize to Haze: Agricultural Shocks and the Growth of the Mexican Drug Sector.” (with Oeindrila Dube and Kevin Thom). 2016. Journal of the European Economic Association 14 (5): 1181–224

[4] “Why Ethnic Subaltern-Led Parties Crowd Out Armed Organizations.” (with Kanchan Chandra). Conditionally accepted. World Politics.