Michael L. Ross

UCLA Department of Political Science

4289 Bunche Hall, Box 951472

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472


revised October 2017





Princeton University, Department of Politics, Ph.D. November 1996


Princeton University, Department of Politics, M.A. September 1992


University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Politics, B.A. June 1984


Academic Appointments


Visiting Professor, Blavatnik School of Government and Nuffield College, Oxford University, 2016-17


Professor, UCLA Department of Political Science, July 2009-present. 

Joint appointment with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, 2012-present


Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Political Science, July 2004-July 2009.


Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Political Science, July 2001-June 2004.


Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,  September 1996-June 2001.


Visiting Scholar, Development Economics Research Group, World Bank, Washington D.C. and Jakarta, January-December 2000.


Publications: books


The Oil Curse: how petroleum wealth shapes the development of nations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012)



Timber Booms and Institutional Breakdown  in Southeast Asia (New York: Cambridge University Press, series on Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions, 2001). Issued in paperback, 2012.



Publications: academic journals


“Global progress and backsliding on gasoline taxes and subsidies,” Nature Energy 2 (January 9, 2017).


“Oil and International Cooperation,” (with Erik Voeten), International Studies Quarterly, 60:1, 85-97 (2016).


“What Have We Learned About the Resource Curse?” Annual Review of Political Science (2015).


“The Big Oil Change: a closer look at the Haber-Menaldo analysis” (with JŅrgen Juel Andersen), Comparative Political Studies, 47:7 (June 2014).


“The Political Economy of Petroleum Wealth in Low-Income Countries: some policy alternatives,” Middle East Development Journal, (June 2013)


Š      Reprinted in Arezki, Pattillo, Quintyn and Zhu (eds.), Commodity Price Volatility and Inclusive Growth in Low-Income Countries, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC (forthcoming)

Š      Issued as Working Paper 708 by the Economic Research Forum (Cairo), September 2012


“What’s So Special About the Arabian Peninsula?  A Reply to Groh and Rothschild,” Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 7:1 (2012).


“Does Oil Wealth Hurt Women?  A Reply to Caraway, Charrad, Kang, and Norris,” Politics and Gender, 5:4 (2009).


“Oil, Islam, and Women,” American Political Science Review, 102:2 (February 2008). 



“Is Democracy Good for the Poor?” American Journal of Political Science, 50:4 (October 2006).


“A Closer Look and Oil, Diamonds, and Civil War,” Annual Review of Political Science (2006).


“How Does Natural Resource Wealth Influence Civil Wars? Evidence from Thirteen Cases,” International Organization, 58 (Winter 2004). 



“What Do We Know About Natural Resources and Civil War?”  Journal of Peace Research, 41:3 (May 2004).


“Does Taxation Lead to Representation?” British Journal of Political Science, 34 (2004).


“Announcement, Credibility, and Turnout in Popular Rebellions,” (with Ravi Bhavnani), Journal of Conflict Resolution, 47:3 (June 2003).


“Does Oil Hinder Democracy?” World Politics 53 (April 2001).  Reprinted in:


Š      Resource Curse: The Political Economy of Despotism, Faleh A. Jabar (ed.), Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies (2006).  In Arabic, Kurdish, and Persian.


“The Political Economy of the Resource Curse,” World Politics 51 (January 1999).



Publications: book chapters


“The Politics of the Resource Curse,” in Nicolas Van de Walle and Carol Lancaster, Handbook on the Politics of Development (Oxford University Press, 2016).


“Conflict and Natural Resources: Is the Latin American and Caribbean Region Different from the Rest of the World?” in Juan Cruz Vieyra and Malaika Masson (eds), Transparent Governance in an Age of Abundance: experiences from the extractive industries in Latin America and the Caribbean (Washington D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank, 2015).


“Horizontal Inequality, Decentralizing the Distribution of Natural Resource Revenues, and Peace,” with Päivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad, in Päivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad (eds.), High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (London: Earthscan, 2011).


“Mineral Wealth, Conflict, and Equitable Development,” in Anthony J. Bebbington, Anis A. Dani, Arjan de Haan, and Michael Walton (eds.), Institutional Pathways to Equity: Assessing Inequality Traps (Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 2008).


“How Can Mineral Rich States Reduce Inequality?” in Macartan Humphreys, Jeffrey Sachs, and Joseph Stiglitz (eds.), Reversing the Resource Curse (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007).


“Resources and Rebellion in Indonesia,” in Paul Collier and Nicholas Sambanis (eds.), Understanding Civil War: Europe, Central Asia, and Other Regions, (Washington D.C.: World Bank and Oxford University Press, 2005).


“The Natural Resource Curse: How Wealth Can Make You Poor,” in Ian Bannon and Paul Collier (eds.), Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions  (Washington D.C.: World Bank, 2003).


“Oil, Drugs, and Diamonds: The Varying Role of Natural Resources in Civil War” in Karen Ballentine and Jake Sherman (eds.), Beyond Greed and Grievance: The Political Economy of Armed Conflict (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2003).


"Conditionality and Logging Reform in the Tropics," in Robert O. Keohane and Marc A. Levy (eds.), Institutions for Environmental Aid: Problems and Prospects (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996).


"Old Fads, New Lessons: Learning from Economic Development Assistance" (with David Fairman), in Robert O. Keohane and Marc A. Levy (eds.), Institutions for Environmental Aid: Problems and Prospects (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996).


Other Publications


“Americans weaned themselves off oil in the 1970s crisis. We can do it again,” The Guardian, December 11, 2015


“How oil wealth can make Russia and other countries less cooperative,” (with Erik Voeten), The Monkey Cage website, April 30, 2014


“How the 1973 Oil Embargo Saved the Planet,” Foreign Affairs, October 2013.


“Resource Wealth and Violent Conflict,” The Environmental Forum, 30:5, October 2013


“Putin Victory Shows How Oil Supports Autocrats,” Bloomberg News, May 6, 2012.


“The Past and Future of the Oil Curse,” Oil, Summer 2012.


“The Beginning and End of the Oil Curse,” Public Service Europe website, March 30, 2012.


“Will Oil Drown the Arab Spring?” Foreign Affairs, September/October 2011


Š      reprinted in Harper’s, November 2011


“From Land Mines to Copper Mines,” ForeignPolicy.com, June 15, 2010


Š      reprinted in the online journal Energy Politics


“Blood Barrels,” Foreign Affairs, May/June 2008


Š      reprinted as “Conflict and Instability” in Handbook of Oil Politics, edited by Robert Looney (Routledge, 2012).


“Myanmar, the Latest Petro Bully,” Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed), October 26, 2007


“Mineral Wealth and Equitable Development,” Background paper for the World Development Report 2006, World Bank, December 2004.


“Nigeria’s Oil Sector and the Poor,” Background paper for the Department for International Development (UK), May 2003.


“Testing Inductively-Generated Hypotheses With Independent Data Sets,” APSA-Comparative Politics Newsletter, 14:1 (Winter 2003.)


“Oil, Democracy, and the Resource Curse: A Lesson for Central Asia?” ASNews: The Newsletter of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, 7:2 (Spring 2002).


“Extractive Sectors and the Poor,” report issued by Oxfam America, October 2001.


“Disarmament at Sea,” Foreign Policy, Winter 1989-90.


“Trident II Missile Doesn’t Fly,” The New York Times (Op-Ed), August 25, 1987


Working Papers & Forthcoming


“What Do We Know About Economic Diversification in Oil-Producing Countries?”

January 2017


“The Political Economy of Hydrocarbon Wealth and Fuel Prices” (with Paasha Mahdavi), December 2016


“Does Oil Inhibit Transparency?” (with Hamid Mohtadi, Stefan Ruediger, and Uchechukwu Jarrett), August 2017.  An earlier version was issued as Economic Research Forum Working Paper 906.


“The ‘Resource Curse’ in MENA?  Resource wealth, economic shocks, and conflict risk,” (with Nimah Mazaheri and Kai Kaiser) July 2011.  Issued as World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 5742.


“Mineral Wealth and Budget Transparency,” January 2011


“The Political Economy of Fertility in the Middle East,” (with Amaney Jamal and Irfan Nooruddin), August 2010


“Latin America’s Missing Oil Wars,” June 2010


“Oil and Democracy Revisited,” March 2009


“Booty Futures,” May 2005


“How Should States Manage the Distributive Aspects of Resource Revenues?

Some Considerations,” December 2004.


“How Does Mineral Wealth Affect the Poor?” April 2003.  


“Indonesia’s Puzzling Crisis,” July 2001.


Academic Honors and Fellowships


Visiting Professor, Blavatnik School of Government and Nuffield College, Oxford University, 2016-17


Theme Lead for “Energy and Economic Growth Research Programme,” funded by the UK Department for International Development with a grant to the UC Berkeley Center for Effective Government Action (CEGA) and Oxford Policy Management, 2016-17


The Oil Curse named Outstanding Academic Title for 2012 by Choice


Winner of the Heinz Eulau Award for best article in the American Political Science Review, 2009.  Awarded by the American Political Science Association.


Runner-up for the Gregory M. Luebbert prize for Best Article in Comparative Politics in 2000-01, for “Does Oil Hinder Democracy?”  Awarded by the Organized Section in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association.


Research Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2000


Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (Society of Fellows), Princeton University, 1995-96


Center of International Studies and the MacArthur Foundation, graduate research grant, Princeton University, 1995


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1990-1993, 1994-95


International Predissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 1993-94


International Environmental Institutions Fellowship, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1993-94


Institute for the Study of World Politics, graduate research grant, 1993


Graduate Fellow, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Princeton University, 1990-1996


Visiting Scholar, University of Malaya, Spring 1994


Visiting Scholar, Yale University, Fall 1993




Co-PI (with Graeme Blair, Darin Christensen, and Laura Paler) on grants from the Flora and David Hewlett Foundation ($600,000), Natural Resources Governance Institute ($20,000), the UCLA Burkle Center ($5,000), the UCLA Political Science Department ($5,000) and the Luskin Center for Innovation ($15,000) to fund the Project on Resources, Development, and Governance, 2016-17


Natural Resources Governance Institute grant for collection of fuel price data, 2014 ($5000), 2015 ($5000).


UCLA Burkle Center research grant for Fuel Prices and Fuel Riots, 2013-14 ($5000)


UCLA Burkle Center research grant for Oil and Unbalanced Globalization, 2011-12 ($5000)


UCLA Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) research grant for Does Cambodia Have the Resource Curse? 2011-12 ($5000)


Open Society Institute grant to complete a book on the resource curse, 2006-07


Academic Senate Council on Research, Assistant Professor Initiative, UCLA, 2002


Academic Senate, Faculty Grants Program, UCLA, 2002-03


Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA, 2002-03


Research Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2000


Research Grant, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan, 2000


Academic Presentations


“Oil and Export Diversification: what can we learn from better data?” presented at:



“Are governments making progress on climate change? Evidence from fossil fuel subsidies,” presented at:



“Global Progress and Backsliding on Gasoline Taxes and Subsidies,” presented at:



“The Future of Oil Politics,” presented at:



“Seven Trends in Fuel Subsidies and Reform,” presented at:



 “The Political Economy of Fuel Prices: a first look at the data,” presented at:



“Conflict and Natural Resources in Latin America,” presented at Interamerican Development Bank, Washington D.C., March 2014.


“Unbalanced Globalization in the Oil Exporting States,” presented at:



 “The Past and Future of the Oil Curse,” presented at:



“Making the Resource Curse Disappear,” presented at:



“The ‘Resource Curse’ in MENA?  Resource wealth, economic shocks, and conflict risk,” presented at:



“Latin America’s Missing Oil Wars,” presented at:


Š      SUNY Buffalo, Political Science Department, March 2010.

Š      Princeton University, Democracy and Development Speaker Series, March 2010

Š      Latin America and Caribbean Regional Flagship Workshop, World Bank, September 2009


“The Curse of Oil Wealth,” presented at Lone Star National Security Forum (University of Texas-Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Texas A&M), San Antonio, Texas, April 2009


“Oil and Democracy Revisited,” presented at:



“Oil and the State,” presented at:



 “Oil, Islam, and Women,” presented at:


Š      World Bank, Social and Economic Development Group, Washington D.C., January 2009

Š      Oxford University, Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, December 2008

Š      Georgetown University, Department of Government and Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, April 2008

Š      Yale University, Council on Middle East Studies, February 2008

Š      Brown University, Watson Institute for International Studies, February 2008

Š      Stanford University, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, February 2008

Š      University of Washington, Political Economy Seminar, May 2007

Š      UCLA, Department of Geography, Faculty Seminar, April 2007

Š      Princeton University, Transregional Institute Seminar, January 2007

Š      UC Berkeley, Seminar on Environmental Politics, September 2006


“Is Democracy Good for the Poor?” presented at:


Š      Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School, April 2006

Š      APSA Meeting, September 2005

Š      Duke University, Comparative Politics Workshops, February 2006, April 2005

Š      University of California San Diego, Political Economy Seminar, February 2005

Š      Stanford University, Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, February 2005

Š      Conference on The Bottom Billion, Oxford University, June 2004

Š      Center for Global Development, Washington D.C., June 2004

Š      Stanford University, Seminar on Comparative Politics, February 2004


“Booty Futures: Civil War and the Futures Market for Natural Resources,” presented at:



“How Should States Manage the Distributive Aspects of Resource Revenues?

Some Considerations,” Columbia University, Workshop on “Escaping the Resource Curse,” December 2004.


“What Do We Know About Natural Resources and Civil War?” Presented at:


Š      McGill University, Workshop on Natural Resources and War, September 2003

Š      University of Sussex, Institute for Development Studies, October 2002.


“Does Taxation Lead to Representation?” Presented at:



 “Resources and Rebellion in Indonesia,” presented at:



 “How Does Resource Wealth Influence Civil War?”  Presented at:



“How Does Mineral Wealth Affect the Poor?” APSA Meeting, August 2003.


“Inspiration, Credibility, and Turnout in Popular Rebellions” (with Ravi Bhavnani), APSA meeting, September 2001.


“Indonesia’s Civil Wars,” presented at:



“Does Oil Hinder Democracy?” presented at:



“Explaining Democratic Rebellions,” World Bank, Seminar on Political Economy, May 1999.


“The Political Economy of Southeast Asia’s Forests,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, Southeast Asian Studies Seminar, May 1997.


"Patronage and Change in the Indonesian Timber Sector," Association of Asian Studies, Chicago, March 1997.


"The Political Economy of the Philippine Timber Industry 1955-1992: Rent-Seeking, Ransacking, and Reform," International Studies Association, Toronto, March 1997.


"The Political Economy of Logging in Southeast Asia: Clientelism, Misregulation, and Reform," American Political Science Association, Chicago, September 1995.


"Conditionality, Contracts, and Logging Reforms in the Tropics," Duke University, SSRC Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, June 1995.


Other Addresses


“Global Oil Politics: Three Trends,” Global Witness, London, September 2017


“The Geopolitics of Oil Prices,” Pension Real Estate Association conference, Los Angeles, June 2016


“What can political science tell us about oil and democracy?” Economic Research Forum and Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Kuwait City, November 2015


“Politics in a World of Cheap Oil,” Pomona College, October 2015.


“The Geopolitics of Cheap Oil,” Meadowbrook Lecture on International Relations, Oakland University, March 2015.


“The Transparency Movement’s Dirty Little Secret,” Keynote address, joint meeting of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies (Oxcarre), Oxford University, June 2014.


What have we learned about oil and violent conflict?” Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, May 2014.


“EITI 2.0” Keynote address, International Mining for Development Conference, Sydney, May 20, 2013.  Published on the Natural Resource Governance Institute blog, May 2013


“Forty years after the 1973 oil shock,” UCLA Extension lecture series, Westwood, April 23, 2013.


“Natural Resources and Conflict: A Glimpse into the Future?” Al Moumin Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding, sponsored by American University, Environmental Law Institute, and United Nations Environment Programme.  American University, Washington D.C., March 19, 2013.


“Avoiding the Resource Curse,” at “Managing Natural Resources in Southeast Asia” workshop, Phnom Pehn (Cambodia), December 8, 2012


“Understanding the consequences of oil wealth,” Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, July 2012.


“The Past and Future of the Resource Curse,” presented at:



“Oil and Corruption in the Middle East,” Annual Meeting of the Economic Research Forum, Cairo, March 2012.


“The Resource Curse and The Natural Resource Charter,” at the ‘Red Latinoamericana sobre Industrias Extractivas,’ Lima, Peru, October 2011.


“The Political Economy of Resource Discoveries,” IMF, High-Level Seminar, “Commodity Price Volatility and Inclusive Growth in Low-Income Countries,” Washington D.C., September 2011.


“Five Things You Should Know about Oil and Conflict,” World Bank, Extractive Industries Week, panel on ‘Extractive Industries and the Potential for Conflict Prevention,” March 2011.


“Economic and Political Development in the Resource-rich Countries,” Pacific Council on International Policy Annual Conference, October 2010.


“Oil, Islam, and Democracy,” presented at:



“Resource Wealth and Conflict,” Soka University, Pacific Basin Research Center, Distinguished Speakers Series, March 2009.


“Oil, Islam, and Women,” US-Islamic World Forum, Doha, Qatar, February 2009.


“What Do We Really Know About Oil and Politics?” Oxford University, Oxford Center for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies (Oxcarre), December 2008.


 “The Coming Oil Wars,” presented at:



“Do Oil and Democracy Mix?” Keynote Address, conference on “Taxing Natural Resources: New Challenges and New Perspectives,” International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C., September 25, 2008.


“Booty Futures: Civil War and the Futures Market for Natural Resources,” Workshop on Combating the Financing of Armed Groups through Illicit Exploitation of Natural Resources, Columbia Law School, March 2008.


“Natural Resources and Conflict: Good News and Bad News,” seminar for UN Security Council delegates, United Nations, May 2007.


 “Iraq and the Politics of Oil,” presented at:



“Africa and the Curse of Oil,” Rice University, Houston Area African Studies Group, January 2007.


 “Azerbaijan’s Energy Windfall: Boon or Curse?” presented at:



“Oil Wealth and Democracy,” Conference on the Future of Iraq, sponsored by the London School of Economics and the Open Society Institute, London, June 2005.


“Forests and Conflict,” Keynote Address, United Nations Forum on Forests, Fifth Session, High-Level Segment, meeting on “Forest Law Enforcement and Governance for Sustainability,” New York City, May 25, 2005.


“What Kind of Government is Good for the Poor?” Center for Global Development, Washington D.C., June 2004.


“Minerals and Poverty,” at The Earth’s Riches and the World’s Poor: Finding Answers to the Problems of Economic Justice and Resource Extraction, Washington D.C., May 9, 2003.  Sponsored by Oxfam America, Catholic Relief Services, and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.


“Natural Resources and Civil War: An Overview with Some Policy Options,” presented at conference on The Governance of Natural Resources Revenues, sponsored by the World Bank and the Agence Francaise de Developpement, Paris, December 9, 2002.


“Extractive Industries and the Poor,” Keynote Address, at Industrias Extractivas, alivio a la pobreza? Lima, Peru, April 2002.  Sponsored by Oxfam America, Catholic Relief Services, and several Peruvian organizations.


“The New Institutional Economics and Political Institutions,” Workshop on the New Institutional Economics, sponsored by the Ronald Coase Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 2001.


Panels Organized


American Political Science Association, 2005: The Social Consequences of Democracy

American Political Science Association, 2004: What Makes the Middle East Different?

American Political Science Association, 2001: Democratic Transitions from Below American Political Science Association, 2000: Explaining the Resource Curse

Asian Studies Association, 1997: The Political Economy of the Indonesian Forests

American Political Science Association, 1995: The Political Economy of Nature and Natural Resources


Courses Taught


University of California, Los Angeles:


SE Asia 88: Politics of Violence in Southeast Asia (Winter 2005)

IDS 191: Oil Politics (Spring 2015)

PS 50: Comparative Politics (Spring 2002)

PS 158: Southeast Asian Politics (Winter 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2016)

PS 167C/IDS 100B/130: Political Economy of Development (Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2008-2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2018) 

PS 240/258: Proseminar in Comparative Politics (Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2017, Winter 2018)

PS 255: Political Economy of Developing Countries (Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2003, Fall 2005, Winter 2008, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2014)

PS 292a: Introduction to Political Inquiry (Fall 2017)


University of Michigan:


PS 650: Politics of Developing States (Fall 1997, Fall 1998, Winter 2001)

PS 677: Southeast Asian Politics (Winter 1997, Winter 1999)

PS 454: Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia (Winter 1997, Fall 1997, Winter 1998, Winter 2001)

PS 497: Political Economy of Natural Resources (Winter 1998, Winter 1999)


Ph.D. Dissertations



Irfan Nooruddin (Ohio State University, Georgetown University)

Ravi Bhavnani (University of Illinois, Michigan State, ETH Zurich)

Cari Coe** (Lewis and Clark)

Zachariah Mampilly* (Vassar)

Andrea Herschman* (Central Intelligence Agency, Leidos)

Diyah Larasati (University of Minnesota)

Hye Jee Cho (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Ani Sarkissian (Michigan State)

Tingting Zhang (TerraCotta Group)

Anoop Sarbahi* (University of Minnesota)

Jeffrey Paris** (US State Department)

Risa Toha** (National University of Singapore-Yale)

Antonio Ramos (post-doc, UCLA School of Public Health)

Anthony Howell (Peking University)

Joshua Eisenman (University of Texas, Austin – LBJ School)

Paasha Mahdavi* (Georgetown University)

Marika Csapo

Amanda Rizkallah**


Not completed

Bronwyn Lewis*

Chris Miner**


* Chair

** Co-Chair


Service to the Profession


Executive Director and co-founder, Project on Resources, Development, and Governance (2017-)


Editorial Board, World Politics (2013-), Comparative Political Studies (2013-)


Member, Gabriel Almond Prize Committee, APSA Section on Comparative Politics, 2017


Chair, Best Book Prize Committee, APSA Section on Comparative Democratization, 2012


External examiner for viva, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Government, 2014


Member, APSA Task Force on Governance and Democracy Indicators, 2010-11.


Member, Luebbert Prize Committee, Comparative Politics Section, APSA 2008


Co-organizer (with Steve Krasner), “Poorly-governed Resource-Dependent States: Options for the New Administration,” workshop at the Stanford Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, March 2009.


Co-Principal Investigator, Program on Oil Wealth Management in Developing States, Stanford University, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, 2006-2012.


Public Service


Member, Social Science Research Council, Working Group on Climate Change, 2017-


Member, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Thematic Group on “Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources,” 2013-present


Member, US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Multi-Stakeholder Group, Department of the Interior, 2013-2017


Member, Board of Advisors, Clean Trade, 2011-present


Member, Political Instability Task Force, 2009-present


Member, Technical Board, Natural Resource Charter 2008-2014


Member, Board of Advisors, Natural Resources Governance Institute (formerly Revenue Watch Institute and the Natural Resource Charter), 2006-present.


Member, Iraq Study Group, National Intelligence Council, 2005-07


Member, Board of Directors, Center for Science in Public Participation, 2004-08


Group Advisor, International Policy Fellowship program, Open Society Institute Europe, 2006-07


Member, Advisory Committee to the Extractive Industries Review of the World Bank, 2003.


Non-University Instruction

Instructor, Executive Course on Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance, Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford University) and the Natural Resources Governance Institute, September 2015, September 2016, September 2017.


Lecturer, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance,” sponsored by the United National Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and the Natural Resource Governance Institute, 2015.


Lecturer, short summer course on “The Political Economy of Oil,” IBEI Summer School, Barcelona, July 2013


Consultancies (partial list)


Economic Research Forum (2014), Confidence Building Institute (2013), World Bank (2002-11), CENTRA (2005-07), UK Department for International Development (2003), Oxfam America (2001-02), Center for International Earth Science Information Network (1999), World Resources Institute (1994-2000).


University Service


University of California, Los Angeles:

Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science 2017-18

Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science 2014-16

Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2007-13

Member, Graduate Studies Committee 2012-13

Faculty Search Committee, 2001-02, 2011-12

Executive Committee, 2009-11, 2014-present

Merit Review Committee, 2005-07, 2011-13

Co-Coordinator, Comparative Politics Workshop, 2010-12, 2014-16

Chair, International Development Studies program, 2003-08

Committee to Review Interdisciplinary Programs, International Institute, 2007

Chair, Pacific Rim Fellowship Selection Committee, 2006

Chair, Search Committee for Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2006

Southeast Asia Faculty Search Committee, 2005-06

Southeast Asia FLAS Award Committee, 2005

Asia Institute Graduate and Wagatsuma Fellowship Award Committee, 2005

Affiliated Faculty Member, Center for Tropical Research, 2003-present

Undergraduate Committee, Department of Political Science, 2007-08

Committee on Political Economy, Department of Political Science, 2002-06

Faculty Advisory Committee, Center for Comparative and Global Research, 2002-04

Faculty Advisory Committee, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2001-07

Faculty Advisory Committee, Southeast Asian Studies IDP, 2001-12

Faculty Advisory Committee on International Development Studies, 2002-03, 2008-present


University of Michigan:

Executive Committee, Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, 1998-99

FLAS Review Committee, Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, 1998-99

Rackham Pre-Dissertation Awards, Review Committee, 1998-1999

Chinese Politics Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 1999-2000

Undergraduate Affairs Committee, Department of Political Science, 1998-99

Comparative Development Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 1997-98

Comparative Development Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 1996-97