[University of Chicago

Alberto Simpser
Assistant Professor of Political Science


Curriculum Vitae

Alberto Simpser is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research examines major problems in the political economy of developing countries, including corruption, electoral manipulation, and failures of governance and democratic accountability.

His first book, Why Governments and Parties Manipulate Elections (2013, Cambridge University Press), shows that electoral manipulation is often utilized for purposes other than winning the election at hand. Dr. Simpser argues that elections are frequently manipulated excessively and blatantly with the goal of conveying an image of strength. His second book, Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (forthcoming in 2014 with Cambridge University Press), co-edited with Tom Ginsburg, asks why governments that operate under relatively few constraints nevertheless accord great importance to written constitutions. His third book project, in progress, systematically investigates the normative, attitudinal, and ideational causes of corrupt behavior, utilizing experimental, statistical, qualitative, and formal methods.

Dr. Simpser is Faculty Associate of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, and has served as Faculty Associate of the Committee on International Relations. He currently co-coordinates the Comparative Politics Workshop. Dr. Simpser teaches graduate- and undergraduate-level courses on the political economy of development, corruption, electoral manipulation, and applied statistics. He holds a PhD degree in political science and an MA degree in economics from Stanford University. He has been a residential fellow at the Princeton Center for Globalization and Governance, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.