Carles Boix is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and at the Department of Politics in Princeton University. He is the author of Political Parties, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 1998), L’obertura catalana (Idees, 2002) and Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press, 2007). Professor Boix has received the William Riker award for the best book on political economy twice, the Mattei Dogan award for best book published in the field of comparative research and the Heinz Eulau award for best article published in the American Political Science Review. Professor Boix was a Guggenheim fellow in 2004-05. His current research projects include: an empirical and theoretical examination of the sources and evolution of inequality; the application of agent-based models to understand the formation of states; and an exploration of party-base representation in democracies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Before joining Princeton he taught at the University of Chicago. Ph.D. Harvard University.