Cesar B. Martinez-Alvarez

Assistant Professor


Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Energy and Environmental Politics

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2022



Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (2022)



Cesar Martinez-Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on understanding the political economy of global environmental challenges, such as climate change and deforestation, with a regional focus on Latin America. His recent work focuses on the impact that extractive industries have on local communities as well as the politics of the energy transition. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México. He was a Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow at the Yale School of the Environment. Prior to graduate school he worked at Mexico's National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change.



Franco-Vivanco, Edgar, Cesar B. Martinez-Alvarez, and Ivan Flores Martínez. "Oil Theft and Violence in Mexico." Journal of Politics in Latin America (2023): 1866802X231176572.

Martinez-Alvarez, Cesar B., Michael L. Ross, Paasha Mahdavi, and Chad Hazlett. "Political leadership has limited impact on fossil fuel taxes and subsidies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119.47 (2022): e2208024119.

Martinez-Alvarez, Cesar B., and José María Rodriguez-Valadez. "Natural Hazards, Social Policy, and Electoral Performance: Evidence from the 2017 Earthquake in Mexico City." Latin American Research Review 58.2 (2023): 299-325.

Mahdavi, Paasha, Cesar B. Martinez-Alvarez, and Michael L. Ross. "Why do governments tax or subsidize fossil fuels?." The Journal of Politics 84.4 (2022): 2123-2139.

Herrera, Joel Salvador, and Cesar B. Martinez-Alvarez. "Diversifying violence: Mining, export-agriculture, and criminal governance in Mexico." World Development 151 (2022): 105769.