michael ross

Michael Ross


Department of Political Science and International Institute

3375 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Campus Mailcode: 147203

(310) 267-5409



Princeton, 1997

Area of Interest

Comparative Politics

Michael L. Ross is a Professor of Political Science at University of California Los Angeles.  He has published widely on energy politics, fossil fuel subsidies, the political and economic problems of resource-rich countries, civil war, democracy, and gender rights. Ross’s most recent book, The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations (Princeton University Press, 2012) was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice magazine and has been translated into Russian, Arabic, and Portuguese, with a Japanese translation forthcoming.

Ross currently serves on the advisory board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute and is a member of the Political Instability Task Force, the Multi Stakeholder Group of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Group on “Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources.”