Isabela Mares appointed the Wolfers Professor of Political Science

Isabela Mares
Isabela Mares (photo by Michael Marsland)

Isabela Mares, recently named as the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science, focuses her research on a range of topics in comparative politics and political economy, including democratization, clientelism and corruption, taxation and fiscal capacity development, and social policy reforms in both developed and developing countries.

Mares is the author of four books: “The Politics of Social Risk: Business and Welfare State Development,” “Taxation, Wage Bargaining and Unemployment,” “From Open Secrets to Secret Ballots,” and the forthcoming “Conditionality and Coercion: Electoral Clientelism in Eastern Europe” (co-written with Lauren Young). She is currently completing a book titled “Democratization after Democratization,” which examines the adoption of electoral reforms limiting electoral irregularities in the Western World.

Mares received her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Yale, she served on the faculties of Stanford University and Columbia University, and taught at Sciences Po Paris and the Central European University in Budapest.

The Yale professor is the recipient of fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. Her research has won numerous awards, including the Gregory Luebbert Award for Best Book in Comparative Politics and for best article in Comparative Politics of the American Political Science Association. She has been a member of the editorial board of the American Political Science Review, and currently serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, and Business and Politics.

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