Fabian Borges

Fabian Borges
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: SB-117
Office Hours: By Appointment
Email: fabian.borges@csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-7633
Resume: Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Southern
M.A., Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
B.A., Political Science, Universidad de Costa Rica
Research and Teaching Interests: I specialize in comparative politics and international political economy with a regional focus on Latin America. More specifically, my research explores two central topics within comparative politics and political economy: the politics of social policy under globalization and the role of legislatures in shaping major economic reforms.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Government and Opposition, and Latin American Politics and Society, among others.

My current book project, entitled Social Policy in the Era of Globalization: Ideology and Models of Cash Transfer Programs in Latin America, studies how presidential ideology influences the adoption and design of social policy in that region. Combining quantitative analyses covering the entire region and case studies on Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Costa Rica based largely on field research, it examines the relationship between the election of left-leaning presidents and the widespread adoption of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs. Described as the most important innovation in social policy of the last fifteen years, CCTs relieve poverty by awarding families regular stipends conditional on their children attending school.

Originally from San José, Costa Rica, I worked for five years (2002-2006) as a politics and business reporter there covering presidential cabinet meetings and the negotiation and implementation of the Central American Free-Trade Agreement, among other topics.
Courses/Teaching: PSCI-204: International Relations
PSCI-306: Latin American Politics
PSCI-400: Comparative Politics
PSCI-510: International Political Economy
PSCI-540: Senior Seminar: Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSCI-592: Senior Seminar: Latino Politics in the U.S.
Personal Website: http://www.fabianborges.com