Residency: September 2013 – December 2013
Research Project: Basic Infrastructure in Mexico: Political Dilemmas of Development in New Democracies
Research Interests: historical origins of poverty and inequality in Mexico, inter-temporal dilemmas in new democracies, provision of basic household infrastructure in poor countries, Mexican politics, participatory governance
Alexander Ruiz Euler has a Ph.D. in political science at UC San Diego. He holds a B.A. in political science from Mexico City's ITAM. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. he worked in Mexico City for the Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE, Mexico's federal electoral commission) and later doing policy analysis related to the results of local police and judges. His current research merges the use of big data and extensive fieldwork to disentangle the conditions under which households can expect to have water, sewerage and electricity in Mexico. It has been supported along multiple stages by the Bret Harte fellowship (UC San Diego), the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (Stanford), the National Science Foundation and the Gordon Super Computer Center (UC San Diego).