Biography

Jerik Cruz is a PhD student focused on political economy, methodology, and comparative politics, with research interests in state-building, oligarchy, as well as the effects of inequality and insecurity on the politics of developing democracies. Prior to his studies at MIT, he was a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University, and has co-authored policy studies commissioned by the Asian Development Bank, the International Labour Organization, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Jerik completed his Master’s from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva, Switzerland, and his BA from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He is a recipient of the MIT Homer A. Burnell Presidential Graduate Fellowship.

Biography

Jerik Cruz is a PhD student focused on political economy, methodology, and comparative politics, with research interests in state-building, oligarchy, as well as the effects of inequality and insecurity on the politics of developing democracies. Prior to his studies at MIT, he was a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University, and has co-authored policy studies commissioned by the Asian Development Bank, the International Labour Organization, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Jerik completed his Master’s from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva, Switzerland, and his BA from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He is a recipient of the MIT Homer A. Burnell Presidential Graduate Fellowship.