Christian Ponce de Leon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. His main fields of specialization are comparative politics, international political economy, and methodology. He is currently working on a book project on the political economy of public education and income inequality. This project examines why and when governments invest in human capital formation and how this investment in education affects income inequality in the long run. Other research interests include state formation, democratization, redistributive politics, and the effects that various political regimes have on economic development and income inequality.
Ponce de Leon holds an MA and a Ph.D. in political science from The University of Chicago, and an MPA in international development from Harvard University. Prior to joining Princeton University, he worked as a research officer at the Central Bank of Mexico in the Division of Development Finance Institutions. His graduate studies and research received support from the National Science Foundation, The University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the World Bank.