Michael Albertus

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and the College

Michael Albertus focuses his research on the political conditions under which governments implement egalitarian reforms. He is currently working on a book project on the political economy of land reform that examines why and when land reform programs are implemented. Other research interests include political regime transitions and stability, politics under dictatorship, clientelism, and civil conflict. Albertus spent the 2011–12 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

His research has been featured in Comparative Political Studies, Economics & Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Comparative Politics. He also recently published op-ed articles in Foreign Policy regarding land reform in Latin America as well as recent political developments in Burma.

Albertus received his PhD from Stanford University. He also attended the University of Michigan, where he received BS degrees in political science and mathematical sciences, and a BSE in electrical engineering.

Albertus joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.