Assistant Professor

University of California, San Diego

Dept. of Political Science &

Global School of Policy and Strategy 

twitter: @aspaglayan

I study what motivates politicians to expand access to education and improve the quality and equity of education systems, in developing countries and developed countries (including the U.S.). I use original datasets spanning long periods of time to understand why some governments today provide more and/or better education than others. I draw on insights from comparative political economy, development economics, economics of education, political and economic history.


I received my PhD in political science from Stanford University, an MA in education policy (Stanford), a Master of Public Policy (Georgetown University) and Licenciatura en Economia (Universidad de San Andres, Argentina).



Politics and Education | undergraduate (Winter 2019, Winter 2020) | syllabus
Politics and Institutions in Latin America | masters (Fall 2018 ,Winter 2020) | syllabus
Education Policy Around the World | masters (Winter 2020) | syllabus
Historical Political Economy | doctoral (Fall 2018) | syllabus

Stanford University, Department of Political Science

Applied Quantitative Research in Political Science (TA | undergraduate honors)
Political Institutions (TA | undergraduate honors)
Political Behavior (TA | undergraduate honors)

Stanford GSE

Math Camp (Instructor | incoming doctoral students)
Introduction to Data Analysis and Interpretation (TA | graduate)

Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy

Public Finance (TA | graduate)

Universidad de San Andres, Department of Economics

World Economic History (TA | undergraduate)
Argentine Economic History (TA | undergraduate)