Irene Menéndez González

Irene Menéndez González joined IE University as an Assistant Professor in International Political Economy in January 2020. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College) in 2015. Before joining the faculty at IE University, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Mannheim, a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Zurich. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, with special emphasis on the political consequences of globalisation, as well as welfare states and interest representation in Europe and Latin America. She also studies the politics of labour market segmentation, and the effects of electoral institutions on political representation.


• Assistant Professor, IE University, Spain, 2020 – Present

• Assistant Professor, University of Mannheim, Germany, 2018 – 2019

• Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France, 2017 – 2018

• Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2014 – 2017


• Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2010 – 2015

• MSc. Comparative Politics, Juan March Institute, Spain, 2006 – 2008

• Diplôme de l’Institut d’Études Politiques, Sciences Po, France, 2003 – 2005

• MA International Relations and Modern History, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom, 1999 – 2003


 Menéndez González, I., Owen, E. and Walter, S. (2022). “Low-skill products by high-skill workers. The distributive effects of trade in developing countries.” Comparative Political Studies, online first

 Menéndez González, I. (2021). “Insiders, Outsiders, Skills, and Preferences for Social Protection: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Argentina”Comparative Political Studies, 54(14): 2581 – 2610

• Becher, M., Menéndez González, I., & Stegmueller, D. (2022). “Proportional Representation and Right-Wing Populism: Evidence from Electoral System Change in Europe.” British Journal of Political Science, 1 – 8

• Becher, M., Menéndez González, I. (2019). “Electoral Reform and Trade-Offs in Representation”. American Political Science Review, 113(3): 694 – 709

 Menéndez, I. (2016). “Globalization and welfare spending: how economic geography and electoral institutions condition compensation”. International Studies Quarterly, 60(4): 665 – 676

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