Thad Dunning is Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and serves as the Director of the Center on the Politics of Development. He studies comparative politics, political economy, and methodology; and his current work on ethnic and other cleavages draws on field and natural experiments and qualitative fieldwork in Latin America, India, and Africa. Before returning to Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in Economics, he was Professor of Political Science at Yale University.
Thad has authored and co-authored several books including Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes (2008, Cambridge University Press), which won the Best Book Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association; Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences: A Design-Based Approach (2012, Cambridge University Press), which was co-winner of the Best Book Award from the Experimental Research Section of APSA; and Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism: The Puzzle of Distributive Politics (2013, Cambridge University Press) with Susan Stokes, Marcelo Nazareno, and Valeria Brusco. His articles have appeared in leading journals, including the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Political Analysis, and others.