Moises Arce

Moises Arce
Comparative Politics
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Moises Arce is the Frederick A. Middlebush Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department.  He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of New Mexico.  He is the author of Market Reform in Society (Penn State 2005), Resource Extraction and Protest in Peru (Pittsburgh 2014), Social Protest and Democracy (Calgary, 2019), and numerous book chapters and journal articles.  His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.  He previously taught at Louisiana State University.  Professor Arce has served as a Visiting Fulbright Lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2003), and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo (2014).  From 2004-2006, he served as co-chair of the Peru Section, an interdisciplinary organization of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).


My primary research interests are in the areas of the politics of market transitions, comparative political economy, state-society relations, and conflict processes.  My current research examines the political consequences of natural resource abundance and the limits of resource-based growth policies in Latin America and Africa.

  • Latin American Government and Politics
  • Politics of Development
  • Comparative Democratization
  • Comparative Political Economy (Graduate)
  • Latin American Politics (Graduate)
Selected Publications: 

Social Protest and Democracy, co-edited with Roberta Rice (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2019).

Resource Extraction and Protest in Peru (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014).

Market Reform in Society: Post-crisis Politics and Economic Change in Authoritarian Peru (University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005).

“Resource Wealth, Democracy, and Mobilization,” co-authored with Rebecca E. Miller, Christopher F. Patane, and Marc S. Polizzi, Journal of Development Studies 54, 6 (2018): 949-967.

“The Political Consequences of Mobilizations against Resource Extraction,” Mobilization 21, 4 (2016): 469-483.

“Mineral Wealth and Protest in Sub-Saharan Africa,” co-authored with Rebecca E. Miller, African Studies Review 59, 3 (2016): 83-105.

“Competitiveness, Partisanship and Subnational Protest in Argentina,” co-authored with Jorge Mangonnet, Comparative Political Studies 46, 8 (2013): 895-919).

“Low-Intensity Democracy Revisited: The Effects of Economic Liberalization on Political Activity in Latin America,” co-authored with Paul T. Bellinger Jr., World Politics 60, 1 (2007): 97-121.

“Political Violence and Presidential Approval in Peru,” Journal of Politics 65, 2 (2003): 572-583.

“The Sustainability of Economic Reform in a ‘Most Likely’ Case: Peru,” Comparative Politics 35, 3 (2003): 335-354.

“Globalization, Taxation and Burden-Shifting in Latin America,” co-authored with Erik Wibbels, International Organization 57, 1 (2003): 111-136.

“Neoliberalism and Lower-Class Voting Behavior in Peru,” co-authored with Kenneth M. Roberts, Comparative Political Studies 31, 2 (1998): 217-246.