Portrait of Melissa Rogers

Melissa Rogers is co-director of the Inequality and Policy Research Center, and an associate professor of international studies in the Division of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate University. She works in the fields of comparative politics, political geography, political economy, Latin American politics, and comparative political institutions. Rogers earned her PhD from the University of California, San Diego, and her BA from Brown University.

Rogers’s specialty is the political economy of inequality. Her research focuses 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. She has two new books: Geography, Capacity, and Inequality I: Spatial Inequality (2022) and Geography, Capacity, and Inequality II: Redistribution (Forthcoming, 2023). Rogers has published in the Journal of PoliticsPolitical AnalysisRegional StudiesPolitical Research QuarterlyStudies in American Political Development, Journal of Historical Political Economy, Journal of Public Policy, Politics Groups and IdentitiesReview of International Organization, and Latin American Research Review, among other top journals.

Co-authored with Jean Schroedel and Joseph Dietrich. “Structural Racism, the USPS and Voting by Mail On-and Off-Reservation in Arizona.” Studies in American
Political Development

Co-authored with Jean Schroedel and Joseph Dietrich. Inequalities in Vote by Mail for Native Americans in the West: The Historical Political Economy of Postal Service in Northeastern Arizona, Journal of Historical Political Economy (2023).

Co-authored with Zoe Nemerever. “Measuring the Rural Continuum in Political Science.” Political Analysis, (2021).

Co-authored with Pablo Beramendi. “Decentralization and the Distributive Incidence of the Great Recession.” Regional Studies, (2020).

“Federalism and the Welfare State in Latin America.” Regional and Federal Studies, (2020).

Co-authored with Dong Wook Lee: Inter-regional Inequality and the Dynamics of Government Spending, Journal of Politics (2019).

Co-authored with Pablo Beramendi and Mark Dincecco: Intra-elite Competition and Long-run Fiscal Development, Journal of Politics (2019).

Co-authored with Dong Wook Lee. “Measuring Geographic Distribution for Political Research.” Political Analysis, (2019).

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