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Aaron Schneider, Leo Block Associate Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Leo Block Associate Professor Aaron SchneiderEmail:

Phone: 303-871-3601

Office: 3032 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

**On sabbatical Fall 2016**

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  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Brown University

Research and Expertise

Dr. Schneider's work focuses on the intersection of wealth and power, and he has conducted research in Latin America, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, he emphasizes the study of public finance as a window into the political economy of development and democracy. The way governments secure contributions from key social groups, and how they decide what to do with the money tells a story about the nature of national political communities – who is in, who is out, and who will enjoy what benefits of membership.

Among other projects, Dr. Schneider's main ongoing enterprise is a comparative project on India and Brazil, examining the political impact of similarly successful but quite divergent strategies of insertion into international markets. The project explores emerging markets in global capitalism and how domestic political institutions of federalism and political parties respond to distinct macroeconomic constraints.

Professional Profile

  • Leo Block Chair of International Studies (2012-present)
  • Judy and Avram Chair in the Political Science Department at Tulane University (2008-2012)
  • Researcher, teacher and advisor at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, U.K. (2002-2007)
  • Advisor to the chief economist for Central America at the Interamerican Development Bank (2005-2006)

Recent Publications

Schneider, A. (2012). State-Building and Tax Regimes in Central America. New York:
Cambridge University Press.

Schneider, A. (2012). Workers, New Orleans, and the global shipbuilding regime. Work, Organization, Labor, and Globalization, 6(2), 130-152.

Schneider, A. (2012). Shipyard workers, New Orleans, and U.S. democracy.
Revista Debates, 6(1), 189-213.

Schneider, A. & Baquero, M. (2009). Instituições governamentais e participação cidadã: finanças públicas inclusivas em Porto Alegre-Brasil. Revista Debates, 3(2), 1-39.

Schneider, A. (2008). After the Washington consensus: International assistance and governance. Revista Debates, 2(1), 15-31.

Schneider, A. (2007). Governance reform and institutional change: Federalism and tax in Brazil. Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 45(4), 476-498.


  • Social Movements in Latin America
  • Comparative State-building
  • International Development
  • International Political Economy of Emerging Markets: Brazil and India
  • Public Finance in Developing Countries