Javier Perez Sandoval

2022 APSA William Anderson Award (Best Doctoral Dissertation on federalism, intergovernmental relations, state and local politics)

Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics, Pembroke College

Research Topic:

The Origins of Subnational Democracy: How Colonial Legacies and Labor Incorporation Shaped Regime Heterogeneity within Latin American Countries
Government and Politics Network
Pembroke College
DPhil Politics

I am currently a Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. Previously, I concluded my DPhil in Politics as a member of the DPIR and Wolfson College. I am passionate about regime change, subnational politics, presidentialism, and the dynamics linking socio-economic development and politics. My research aims to strengthen our understanding of subnational regime variation across Latin America and beyond.

Methods wise I’m an advocate for ‘theory-grounded eclecticism’. I strongly believe that quantitative literacy is fundamental and that at the core of every ‘useful model’ lies robust historical and case-specific knowledge. In learning and teaching CHA and ‘metrics, I encourage a hands-on and problem-solving approach.

I have a broad interest for the politics of the ‘developing world’ and a keen interest in Latin America, specifically in Argentinian, Brazilian and Mexican political dynamics.

I enjoy working out, swimming and long walks. I’m also a Stacraft 2 fan, and a sci-fi, coffee and cinema aficionado.

You can find out more about me and my research on my personal website.


  • Intro. to the Theory and Practice of Politics

  • Intro. to Quantitative Methods

  • Comparative Government

  • Political Sociology

  • Politics in Latin America


  • Pérez Sandoval, J. (2023). Measuring and assessing subnational electoral democracy: a new dataset for the Americas and India, Democratization.

  • Pérez Sandoval, J. (2022). El origen, trayecto, y rumbo de la investigación en torno a la variación de los regímenes subnacionales, Agenda Política.

  • Pérez Sandoval, J. (2021). Inside Countries: reduciendo la escala de análisis en el análisis político, Perfiles Latinomaericanos, 29(58).

  • Pérez Sandoval, J. The Reversal of Subnational Fortunes: The Colonial Origins of Provincial Development across Latin America.(Working Paper)