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Assistant Professor
University of California, San Diego
Department of Political Science &
School of Global Policy and Strategy
twitter: @aspaglayan

I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where I specialize in comparative politics, political economy, and the political causes and consequences of education policies. I am also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. 


I study what motivates politicians to provide more access and/or better quality education, as well as the long-term repercussions of education policy choices. I use original datasets spanning long periods of time to study these issues in developing and developed countries, especially in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. 

I am the author of Raised to Obey: The Rise and Spread of Mass Education (Princeton University Press), which is available for pre-order here

My work has received several APSA awards, has been published in the APSR, AJPS, and other outlets, and has been featured in The Economist, The Washington Post, NPR and other media. During 2020-21, I was the Founding President of the APSA Education Politics and Policy Section. I received a PhD in political science from Stanford University, an MA in education policy (Stanford), an MPP (Georgetown University) and a Licenciatura en Economia magna cum laude (Universidad de San Andres, Argentina). 

Before pursuing an academic career, I worked on a range of public policy issues from macroeconomic to labor to education policy in small think tanks and at the World Bank and IDB. These experiences have informed the questions I study and how I think about the world.

You can download my CV here.

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