Matthew Carnes, S.J. is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His research examines labor and social welfare policy, with particular interest in the political economy of redistribution. His recent publications include “Social Policy in Developing Countries” (with Isabela Mares), Annual Review of Political Science, 2009, “Political Stability under Uncertainty: Applying Bounded Rationality to the Study of Governance and Civil Conflict” (with Neil Malhotra), British Journal of Political Science, 2008, and “The Welfare Statein Global Perspective” (with Isabela Mares) in the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, 2007. He holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University and has been a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.