Michael L. Ross
Michael L. Ross is a Professor of Political Science at University of California Los Angeles and is affiliated with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He has published widely on the political and economic problems of resource-rich countries, energy politics, civil war, democracy, and gender rights.

Ross is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Project on Resources, Governance, and Development; a Non-resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development; a member of the SSRC Working Group on Climate Change; a member of the advisory boards of the Natural Resources Governance Institute and Clean Trade; and a member of the Political Instability Task Force, the Multi Stakeholder Group of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Group on "Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources."

His work has been published in leading academic journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Middle East Development Journal, Nature Energy, Politics and Gender, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Politics. Ross's most recent book, The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations (Princeton University Press, 2012) was named an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice magazine and has been translated into Russian, Arabic, Japanese and Portuguese. You can view his full CV here.

In 2009, he received the Heinz Eulau Award from the American Political Science Association for the best article published in the American Political Science Review. He is also a member of the editorial boards for World Politics and Comparative Political Studies.

He has also written articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and his research has been featured in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Financial Times, and many other publications.

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Header Image: Paul Klee - "May Picture" (1925). Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art