Portrait of Melissa Rogers
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Political Science, University of California, San Diego
    MA, Political Science, University of California, San Diego
    BA, Political Science and International Relations, Brown University
  • Research Interests
    Comparative politics, political economy, economic inequality, Latin American politics, state institutional and economic development, research design, econometrics

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 PhD from the University of California, San Diego, and her BA 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 PhD 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.

The Politics of Place and the Limits to Redistribution. Routledge Press, 2015.

“Inter-Regional Inequality and the Dynamics of Government Spending.” Journal of Politics, 2018 (with Dong-wook Lee).

“Intra-Elite Competition and Long-Run Fiscal Development.” Journal of Politics, 2018 (with Pablo Beramendi and Mark Dincecco).

“What’s Left to Tax? Partisan Reallocation of Trade Taxation in Less Developed Countries.” Political Research Quarterly, 2017 (with Eunyoung Ha).

“Barriers Against the Egalitarian Turn.” Latin American Research Review, 2017 (with Pablo Beramendi and Alberto Díaz Cayeros).

“Taxing With Dictators and Democrats: Regime Effects, Transfers, and Revenue in Argentina’s Provinces.” Journal of Politics in Latin America 6(1), 2014.

“Income Taxation and the Validity of State Capacity Indicators.” Journal of Public Policy 34(1), 2014 (with Nicholas Weller).

Wealth, Poverty & Inequality
Politics of Non-Democratic Countries
Politics of Developing Countries
Democracy & Development
Comparative Political Institutions
Comparative Political Economy
Political & Economic Development in Latin America
Comparative Political Parties & Elections
Qualitative & Mixed-Methods Research
Foreign Policy of Latin America