Michael L. Ross

University of California, Los Angeles

Michael L. Ross is professor of political science at UCLA and director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Ross has published on political and economic problems of resource-rich countries, civil war, democratization, and gender rights. His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and other publications.

He currently serves on the advisory boards of of the Revenue Watch Institute, the Natural Resource Center, and Clean Trade.

Featured Work

The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations

MAR 12, 2012 Podcast

The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations

According to Michael Ross, it's no coincidence that major oil-producing countries have less democracy, fewer opportunities for women, more frequent civil wars, and more volatile ...