Kellogg Faculty Fellow Andrés Mejía Acosta is the Kuster Family Associate Dean for Policy and Practice and associate professor of global affairs in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. A former doctoral student affiliated with the Kellogg Institute, he became a faculty fellow in 2023 after joining the Keough School.

Mejía Acosta’s research looks at the formal and informal political bargaining dynamics among government elites when adopting sustainable and inclusive policies in low- and middle-income countries. He is the author of four books and numerous journal articles on comparative political institutions (including legislative coalitions, political parties, and electoral systems); transparency and accountability in the extractive industries; the political and fiscal management of natural resource revenues; and fiscal decentralization. 

He is the lead researcher of Analysing Nutrition Governance, a comparative project exploring the motivations of governments to invest, coordinate and implement strategies to reduce children’s under-nutrition in low- and middle-income countries such as Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Niger, Pakistan, Peru, and Zambia. More recently he co-edited Negotiating Universalism in India and Latin America (Routledge 2021), a volume exploring the link between fiscal decentralization, subnational politics, and social outcomes.

Mejía Acosta holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

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