Omar García-Ponce

 Omar  García-Ponce

Political Science

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 576 Kerr Hall

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Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Economy of Development


Omar García-Ponce is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University. He has two main lines of ongoing research. One examines how violent conflict affects behavioral outcomes and the development of institutions. His second line of research is on the political economy of organized crime, with a regional focus on the U.S.-Mexico drug trade. His work has been published in the American Political Science ReviewElectoral Studies, and the Journal of the European Economic Association.

Relevant Research for the Migration Research Cluster

  • Dube, Oeindrila, Omar García-Ponce, and Kevin Thom. "From Maize to Haze: Agricultural Shocks and the Growth of the Mexican Drug Sector." Journal of the European Economic Association  Volume14, Issue 5 (2016): 1181–1224.
  • Dube, Oeindrila, Arindrajit Dube, and Omar García-Ponce. "Cross-Border Spillover: U.S. Gun Laws and Violence in Mexico." American Political Science Review  Volume 107, Issue 3 (2013): 397–417.

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