Javier Pérez Sandoval

Javier Pérez Sandoval

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Oxford


I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics (DPIR) of the University of Oxford.

I spent the Fall semester of 2023 as a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, I worked as a Departmental Lecturer in the Latin American Centre (LAC) of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA). During 2022 and 2023, I also served as the Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Keble and St Hugh’s College, Oxford. I am passionate about the political economy of regime change, subnational politics, and democratic institutional design. My research aims to strengthen our understanding of subnational regime variation, paying particular attention to Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and other countries in the Global South.

Methods wise I’m an advocate for ‘theory-grounded eclecticism’. I strongly believe that quantitative literacy is fundamental and that at the core of every ‘useful model’ lies robust historical and case-specific knowledge. In learning and teaching CHA and ‘metrics, I encourage a hands-on and problem-solving approach. In my research, I use a mixed or multi-method approach to hone in on the ‘causes of effects’ & the ‘effect of causes’.

At Oxford, I taught and supervised graduate and undergraduate students. I have also previously worked for Pembroke College, and for the the DPIR as a statistics GTA. In the UK I’ve also worked as a Postdoc at the University of Manchester, and as an Associate Lecturer at the Oxford Brookes University.

I enjoy working out, swimming, and long walks. I’m also a Starcraft 2 fan, and a sci-fi, coffee, and cinema aficionado.

Download my resumé.


  • Regime Change
  • Subnational Politics
  • Democratic Institutional Design
  • Latin American Politics


  • DPhil in Politics, 2021

    University of Oxford

  • MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government), 2017

    University of Oxford

  • BA in Political Science and Public Administration, 2013

    Universidad Iberoamericana (CDMX)


Research and Analysis












Previous Experience


Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies

University of Oxford

Oct 2022 – Aug 2023 UK

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching graduate-level courses.
  • Supervision of graduate students.
  • Coordinate and Chair Research Seminars.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Manchester

Jan 2022 – Sep 2022 Remote

Responsibilities include:

  • Data cleaning.
  • Data analysis.
  • Coordinate small team of RAs.

Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics

Pembroke College, Oxford

Sep 2021 – Aug 2022 Oxford

Responsibilities include:

  • Intro to Politics (Prelims)
  • Politics in Latin America
  • Political Sociology
  • Comparative Government
  • One-on-one and small group teaching.

Associate Lecturer

Oxford Brookes University

Jan 2018 – Jun 2018 Oxford
  • Course: Development and Social Change in Latin America
  • Large group teaching.
  • Seminars.
  • Admin and Office Hours.

Undergraduate Tutor

University of Oxford

Oct 2017 – Aug 2021 Oxford

Responsibilities include:

  • Politics in Latin America
  • Statistics (Q-Step 1)
  • Comparative Government
  • One-on-one and small group teaching.

High School Teacher

ITESM Tec de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe

Jan 2015 – Jun 2015 Ciudad de Mexico
  • Course: Social, Political and Economic Structure of Mexico

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

APSA William Anderson Award

Best doctoral dissertation in the field of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state and local politics

Teaching Excellence Award

Teaching Excellence Award

Wolfson College Grant

DPIR-ESRC Studentship

Best Politics BA Graduate Class of 2013

Publications and Work in Progress