Gabriel Cepaluni is associate professor in the Department of International Relations and Public Policy at São Paulo State University (UNESP). His research is in comparative political economy, with a substantive focus on developing countries, looking at issues related to racial bias and income inequality regarding political representation, social programs and child labor, and the size of legislatures and welfare. He also has conducted comparative studies on international trade and public health.

During his time at Kellogg, Cepaluni will work on the project “How Political Competition Fuels Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: The Case of Brazil’s Bolsa Famılia Program.”  While current research has examined the extent to which the targeted implementation of CCTs has proved an efficient electoral strategy for national political incumbents, this project instead reverses the causal arrow to consider the impact of local political competition on CCT program enrollment and implementation. 

Cepaluni’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, World Development, and International Political Science Review, among other journas. His 2010 book with Tullo Vigevani, Brazilian Foreign Policy in Changing Times (Lexington Books) has been translated into Portuguese and Chinese.

He holds a PhD in political science from the University of São Paulo and a Master's degree in international relations from the San Tiago Dantas Program (UNESP, UNICAMP and PUC-SP). He obtained his Habilitation (or Livre-Docência) from the International Relations Institute at the University of São Paulo.