Gustavo A. Flores-Macías

Associate Professor of Government

Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs

Cornell University

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About Me

I am associate professor of government and associate vice provost for international affairs at Cornell University. My research and teaching interests include a variety of topics related to political and economic development. Currently, my research focuses on two main areas: 1) the politics of economic reform, and 2) taxation and state capacity. Work related to these interests has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Politics, Peace Review, Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and as chapters in edited volumes. My first book, After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America (Oxford University Press 2012), studies the economic policies of left-of-center governments in Latin America, focusing on the role that party systems play in facilitating or hindering economic transformations. The book won the Latin American Studies Association Tomassini Award in 2014. I am also the editor of the volume, The Political Economy of Taxation in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2019), which studies the political obstacles to taxation and progressivity in the region.


I teach “Latin American Politics, Economy, and Society” (GOVT 3293, DSOC 3290, LATA 3290), “War and the State” (GOVT 4403), “Politics of Energy and Natural Resources” (GOVT 4274), and Comparative Methods (6053) at Cornell. I have also taught courses in Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Globalization and World Affairs, and Statistics at Harvard, Georgetown, and Duke. While teaching at Harvard, I received the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Award in 2008. In 2013, I received the Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award at Cornell.

I received my PhD in political science from Georgetown University and a masters in public policy from Duke University, where I was a Fulbright scholar. I was the 2017-18 Democracy and Development Fellow at Princeton University. Before joining the Government Department I was a fellow at Cornell’s Polson Institute for Global Development between 2008 and 2010. Previously, I served as Director of Public Affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency.

Media / Commentary

"Worse than NAFTA," New York Times, October 1, 2018 (with Mariano Sánchez-Talanquer)

"Mexico Hands Trump a Partial Victory in Proposed Trade Deal," Axios, August 28, 2018

"What Should the US Expect from Mexico's New President?", July 6, 2018

"Should the US Worry about Meddling in Mexico's July Presidential Race?" Washington Post / Monkey Cage, May 29, 2018

"With Opposition in Disarray, Maduro's Win Spells Trouble for Venezuela," Axios, May 21, 2018

"End of Cuba's Castro Era Largely Symbolic, Yet Holds Promise of Change," Axios, April 23, 2018

"Mexico’s Earthquake and Civil Society’s Aftershock," Medium, October 13, 2017

"Trump's Mass Deportations Have Hidden Costs,", February 27, 2017

"Four Unintended Consequences of Trump's Plan to Kill NAFTA,", February 22, 2017

"Why Trump's Fight with Mexico Will Backfire,", January 27, 2017

"Does Shielding the Public from the Costs of War Affect Attitudes toward War?" The Washington Post / Monkey Cage, April 14, 2016 (with Sarah Kreps)

"Turkey's Democratic Rollback," The Hill, April 2, 2015 (with Sarah Kreps)

"How Today's Budget Woes Owe Their Debt to the Financing of Recent Wars," The Washington Post / Monkey Cage, December 4, 2013 (with Sarah Kreps)

"Avoiding a Bust in the Drug War," New York Times, July 29, 2010

"Crisis in the Andes: Chavez Rattles His Saber," New York Times and International Herald Tribune, March 6, 2008 (with Sarah Kreps)

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