Victor Menaldo

Assistant Professor
Victor Menaldo


Political Science; political economy, comparative politics.

Victor Menaldo (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009) is an associate professor of Political Science at UW and an affiliated faculty of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for Environmental Politics. He specializes in comparative politics and political economy. Menaldo’s research focuses on the political economy of taxation and redistribution, the political economy of regulation, the political economy of regime change, and the political economy of natural resources.

He has published or has forthcoming articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, World Politics, Comparative Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Economics & Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Policy Sciences, among other places.

His first book, “The Institutions Curse,” is published by Cambridge University Press (2016). His second book, with Mike Albertus, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Menaldo’s teaching interests include comparative political economy, political and economic development, the political economy of Latin America, and the politics of property rights.


  • Stanford University, Ph.D., 2009