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Melissa Rogers

Assistant professor of political science in the Division of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate University

Residency: September 2018 – December 2018

Research Project:Nascent Bureaucracies: Institution Building in Mexico’s States

Research Interests:political economy, inequality, political geography, development, state capacity, taxation, spending


Melissa Rogers is an assistant professor of political science in the Division of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate University. She is a specialist in comparative politics, political geography, political economy, Latin American politics and comparative political institutions. Her work focuses on state institutional and economic development, with particular application to developing nations. Rogers earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and her B.A. from Brown University.

Rogers’ specialty is the political economy of inequality and fiscal policy. Her work focuses in particular on the territorial incidence of inequality and its effects on national policymaking, national state-building and the development of the fiscal state. Her first book examined the role of political institutions in shaping distribution of resources to economic classes and geographic regions. Two of her articles are forthcoming in the Journal of Politics. The first is focused on the long-run development of fiscal capacity. The second, co-authored with a former CGU Ph.D. student, examines the effects of inter-regional inequality on public spending. Rogers’ recent publications in the Political Research Quarterly and the Latin American Research Review analyze state efforts to reduce inequality in developing nations. She is currently writing two books, Geography, Capacity, and Inequality, in progress with the Cambridge University Press Elements Series, and Limits to Equality, both with Pablo Beramendi.