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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

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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), Director, Latin America Center and Co-Director, International Development Degree Program
  • 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

(Forthcoming) Globalization and Resistance in New Orleans Redevelopment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Schneider, A. (2016) Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Collectivism, and Everything In-Between. Public Administration Review.

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.


  • INTS 4468: International Development
  • INTS 4637: Comparative State-building
  • INTS 4332: Data Analysis for Development
  • INTS 4664: Political Economy of Brazil and India
  • INTS 4628: Social Movements