Prior to his return to Stanford in 2013, Alberto Diaz-Cayeros served as the director of the Center for U.S.-Mexico studies at the University of California, San Diego, for five years. He earned his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1997. From 2001 to 2008, he was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford, before which he served as an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Diaz-Cayeros has also served as a researcher at Centro de Investigacion Para el Desarrollo, A.C. from 1997 to 1999. His work has primarily focused on federalism, poverty and economic reform in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. He has published widely in Spanish and English. His book Overawing the States: Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. His most recent book, The Political Logic of Poverty Relief: Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico(Cambridge University Press, 2016), is co-authored with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni.