Graduate Research Fellow
Jerik Cruz is a PhD student focused on political economy, methodology, and comparative politics. His current research examines the politics of state capacity, governance in the knowledge economy, and democratic erosion in the Global South. Right before his PhD studies at MIT, he was a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University, and has led policy studies commissioned by the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Labour Organization on issues such as urban development, COVID-19 response, and industrial and innovation policy. He is a recipient of the MIT Homer A. Burnell Presidential Graduate Fellowship.