Nico Ravanilla

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Nico Ravanilla

Doctoral Student
Comparative Politics

  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative Politics
  • About

    I am a PhD candidate in Political Science and Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science. My current research interests include topics in clientelism, distributive politics, politics in the bureaucracy, and political elite behavior. I am broadly interested in political outcomes in settings with weakly-institutionalized party systems. My areas of expertise are comparative politics, political economy of development, and quantitative and experimental methods.


    University of Michigan Doctoral Fellowship
    Fulbright Scholarship
    G.P. Sicat Fellowship
    United Financial Japan Fellowship
    Phi Kappa Phi
    Pi Gamma Mu
    GP Sicat Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis
    Anthony Aguirre Medal for Best Thesis in Economics

    Research Grants

    Rackham International Student Fellowship ($10,000) Summer 2013
    FSPP Summer Research Internship ($3,500) Summer 2012
    Rackham Travel Grant ($700) April 2012
    Summer Research Apprenticeship Grant ($2,500) Summer 2010
    Summer Research Apprenticeship Grant ($2,500) Summer 2009
    Ronald Coase Institute Workshop Grant ($2,000) March 2008

    Conference Presentations

    “Roving Tax Officers: Political Power Play in Bureaucrat Transfers.” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 2012, Chicago, IL.

    Research Areas of Interest

    Clientelism, distributive politics, politics in the bureaucracy, and political elite behavior

  • Education
    • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor MA, Economics, April, 2010
      University of the Philippines-Diliman MA, Economics, April 2008 BS, Economics, cum laude, April 2003