The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.
Cesar B. Martinez-Alvarez is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles; he specializes in comparative environmental politics, with a regional focus on Latin America. His dissertation studies the governance of common-pool resources in Mexico, in particular the relationship between communal institutions and broad political and economic transformations, such as ambitious reforms to provide property rights or local indigenous autonomy, as well as policies that promote rural development. His work employs a multi-methods approach that relies on high-resolution satellite imagery, fine-grained administrative records, and archival research. His other work explores cross-national variation in the implementation of climate change mitigation policies and the relationship between environmental phenomena and democratic accountability at the subnational level. Before UCLA, he completed a masters in International Policy Studies at Stanford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA in International Relations at El Colegio de Mexico. His professional experience includes the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change of Mexico as well as external consultancy work for USAID and the United Nations Development Program in Mexico.