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Gabriel Leon

Lecturer in Political Economy

Contact Details: 

Department of Political Economy
Room S2.26
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS 

Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 7685

Office Hours: 

Wednesday: 3:30 - 4:30pm (except 5 October)
Thursday: 4:00 - 5:00pm


Gabriel Leon is a Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy. He was an undergraduate in Applied Mathematics at Harvard, did his PhD in Economics at Oxford, and was most recently the Bevil Mabey Fellow in Economics at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests  

Gabriel's research is primarily concerned with conflict; he has written papers on the causes of coups d'etat, the determinants of military interventions in politics, and the impact of riots on democratic change. He is currently examining how violence spreads over space and time, with a particular focus on the Swing Riots that preceded the Great Reform Act of 1832.


  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Issues in International Politics
  • MA/PhD Dissertation module
  • Comparative Public Policy


Journal Articles: 
The Democratic Window of Opportunity: Evidence from Riots in sub-Saharan Africa (with Toke Aidt, Cambridge), Journal of Conflict Resolution, forthcoming.
Soldiers or Politicians? Institutions, Conflict and the Military's Role in Politics, Oxford Economic Papers 66, 533-556, 2014.
Loyalty for Sale? Military Spending and Coups d'Etat, Public Choice 159, 363-383, 2014. (Previously circulated under the title The Economic Causes of Coups)
Strategic Redistribution: The Political Economy of Populism, European Journal of Political Economy 34, 39-51, 2014.
Bad Apples: Political Paralysis and the Quality of Politicians, Journal of Public Economic Theory 15(3), 433-447, 2013.
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