Isabela Mares

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Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science

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Isabela Mares is Professor of Political Science at Yale University. Isabela Mares has written extensively on a range of topics in comparative politics and political economy, including democratization, clientelism and corruption, taxation and fiscal capacity development, social policy reforms in both developed and developing countries. She is the author of The Politics of Social Risk: Business and Welfare State Development (New York: Cambridge University Press), Taxation, Wage Bargaining and Unemployment (New York: Cambridge University Press); From Open Secrets to Secret Voting: The adoption of electoral reforms protecting voter autonomy (New York: Cambridge University Press) and Conditionality and Coercion: Electoral clientelism in Eastern Europe, co-authored with Lauren Young (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). She is currently completing a book entitled Democratization after Democratization, which examines the adoption of electoral reforms limiting electoral irregularities in the Western World.  Her work has received numerous awards, including the Gregory Luebbert Award for best book in Comparative Politics of APSA, the Willam Riker Award for best book in Political Economy of APSA and the Gregory Luebbert Award for best paper in comparative politics at APSA, among others.

Isabela Mares has received a PhD degree in political science from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Yale, Isabela Mares has been on the faculty of Stanford and Columbia University, and has taught at Sciences Po Paris and the Central European University in Budapest. She has held visiting appointments at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton and the Russell Sage Foundation.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

At Yale, Isabela Mares is teaching courses in political economy, welfare state development, democratization and democratic erosion and an interdisciplinary graduate course on Micro-historical Analysis in Comparative Research. 


  • 2019 William Riker book award of the American Political Science Association for best book in Political Economy for Conditionality and Coercion (co-authored with Lauren Young, UC Davis)


  • Political Economy


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