Desiree Desierto

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Desiree Desierto studies the political economy of development. Her research employs formal models and empirical analyses of historical and contemporary data to investigate the causes and consequences of corruption and rent-seeking, the political resource curse, and institutional change.

Prior to joining CGM, she was an affiliate faculty at George Mason University and a lecturer at the University of Maryland. In 2019-2020 she was a postdoctoral associate at the W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy at the University of Rochester.

Desiree has a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in economics from the University of Nottingham. Details about her research can be found at