Aaron Schneider

Aaron Schneider

Professor and Leo Block Chair; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

What I do

Research Interests:
Public Finance
Latin America
Central America
Urban Politics and Development

Teaching interests:
Politics of Development
Data Analysis for Development
Comparative State-Building
Social Movements
Political Economy of India and Brazil
Development of Modern Brazil

Professional Biography

Professor Schneider's work focuses on the intersection of wealth and power, and he has conducted research in Latin America, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, he emphasizes the study of public finance as a window into the political economy of development and democracy. The way governments secure contributions from key social groups and how states decide what to do with the money tells a story about the nature of national political communities – who is in, who is out, and who will enjoy what benefits of membership.

Professor Schneider has published books on state-building in Central America and urban development in the United States, and his main ongoing enterprise is a comparative project on India and Brazil. The project explores the position and role of emerging powers in the midst of global capitalist crisis and contemporary world disorder.


  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2001
  • MA, UC Berkeley, 1995
  • BA, Brown University, 1993

Featured Publications

Schneider, A. (2019). Deep Determinants of Corruption? A Subnational Analysis of Resource Curse Dynamics in American States. Political Research Quarterly, 139(4), 16.
Rossotto Ioris, R., & Schneider, A. (2018). Uneven and Combined: The Boom-Bust of Emerging Power Development as seen through Embraer. Tempo do Mundo, 4(1), 217-245.
Schneider, A. (2018). Renew Orleans? Globalized Elite and Working Class Resistance after Katrina. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.
Schneider, A. (2019). Federalism and Tax: Periods of Brazilian International Insertion. In G. Flores-Macias (Ed.), Political Economy of Taxation in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Schneider, A. (2012). State-Building and Tax Regimes in Central America. New York: Cambridge University Press.