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Manuel Cabal Lopez

Assistant professor

Dr. M.A. Cabal Lopez
+31 70 800 VOLGT

Manuel Cabal is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science.

More information about Manuel Cabal Lopez

Manuel Cabal is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Political Science. Before joining Leiden University, he was a teaching fellow at the Committee of International Relations of the University of Chicago, where he obtained a Ph.D. in political science in 2021.

His research and teaching interests center on comparative politics and institutions with a regional focus on Latin America, and combine comparative qualitative methods with statistical analysis. He is particularly interested in how national states have historically governed their peripheries, public sector reforms in young democracies, and education and citizenship. His book project, Revolution and State Weakness: How Regionalism Undermined Education Reform in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, studies the subnational variations in education institutions after the Mexican Revolution and how regional bosses reshaped national policies.

Dr. Cabal teaches courses on research methods, as well as courses in comparative politics and public policy. He has also designed and taught courses on Comparative State Formation and Latin America’s Political Development. He also has experience in the public sector, working for the Mexican Federal Government as a policy analyst and a speechwriter.

For more information about his research and teaching, you may visit Manuel’s personal website: https://manuelcabal.com/



Manuel Cabal is available to supervise research proposals in the areas of:

  • Historical state formation
  • Latin American politics
  • Education politics and public sector reforms

See more information on PhD positions:

Institute of Political Science: PhD


Assistant professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room number VOLGT


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