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Ohio State University
comparative political economy, international political economy, Latin American politics, South African politics
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As a scholar of comparative and international political economy, Brooks’ research interests revolve around the relationship between the state and market in social and economic relations, as well as risk protection and income security. Her first book, Social Protection and the Market in Latin America: The Transformation of Social Security Institutions was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and she has written extensively on the topic of social security and pension reform. Brooks has published articles in an array of scholarly journals, including International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly and Latin American Politics and Society. Her recent projects include an analysis of the “resource curse,” which challenges conventional views of the political and economic effects of natural resource wealth, and a study of sovereign risk in emerging markets. In addition, Brooks is engaged in a multi-year survey of the effects of economic risk and violence on political behavior in Brazil and South Africa. Her research has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and she was awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in South Africa.

Recent Publications

Book               2009. Social Protection and the Market in Latin AmericaNew York: Cambridge University Press.

 Peer-Reviewed Articles          

Forthcoming. “Oil and Democracy: Endogenous Natural Resources and the Political ‘Resource Curse’” International Organization  (with Marcus Kurtz).

  1. “Social Protection for the Poorest: The Adoption of Conditional Cash Transfers in the Global South.” Politics & Society 43 (3) 551-582.
  1. “Categories, Creditworthiness and Contagion: How Investors’ Shortcuts Affect Sovereign Debt Markets.” International Studies Quarterly 59 (3) 587-601 (with Layna Mosley and Raphael Cunha).
  1. “Insecure Democracy: Risk and Political Participation in Brazil.” Journal of Politics, Vol. 76, No. 4. (October).
  1. “Paths to Financial Policy Diffusion.” International Organization. Vol. 66, No. 1, Winter. (With Marcus J. Kurtz).
  1. “Conditioning the ‘Resource Curse:’ Globalization, Human Capital and Growth in Oil-Rich Nations.” Comparative Political Studies. June. (With Marcus J. Kurtz).
  1. “Embedding Neoliberalism in Latin America” World Politics. Vol. 60, No. 2, Winter: 231-280. (With Marcus J. Kurtz)
  1. Capital, Trade, and the Political Economies of Reform” American Journal of Political Science. 51, 4, October: 703-720. (With Marcus J. Kurtz).
  1. “When Does Diffusion Matter? Explaining the Spread of Structural Pension Reforms across Nations” Journal of Politics. 69, 3, August: 701-715.

2007.  “Globalization and Pension Reform in Latin America” Latin American Politics and Society, Winter: 31-62.

  1. “Interdependent and Domestic Foundations of Policy Change: The Diffusion of Pension Privatization around the World.” International Studies Quarterly Vol. 49, 2: 273-294.                                 
  1. “Explaining Capital Account Liberalization in Latin America: A Transitional Cost Approach” World Politics, Vol. 56, 3, April: 389-430.

2002, June. “Social Protection and Economic Integration: the Politics of Pension Reform in an Era of Capital Mobility.” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 35, 5: 491-525.

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Brazil, South Africa

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