2012 Ph.D., Political Science, University of New Mexico Subfields: Comparative Politics, International Relations (with distinction)
2006 M.A., Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico Subfields: Political Science and History (with distinction)
1997 B.A., Reed College (Portland, OR)
2011 Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. University of Michigan
2009 Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. Syracuse University
Fall 2017 – University of Michigan, Organizational Studies Program Assistant Professor
Fall 2017 – University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs Research Associate, Innovation Policy Lab
2014-2017 University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs Research Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab
2013-14 Scripps College, Department of Politics and Int. Relations (Claremont, CA) Visiting Assistant Professor
2012-13 University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow
2017 Samford, Steven. “Networks, Brokerage, and State-Led Technology Diffusion in Small Industry.” American Journal of Sociology 122 (5): 1339-70.
2017 Samford, Steven, Peter Warrian, & Elena Goracinova. “Public and Private Goods in Developing Advanced Manufacturing Capacity.” Business and Politics 19(3): 482-905.
2016 Samford, Steven. “Small Enterprise and the Low-Innovation Trap: Evidence from Environmental Regulation of Industry in Mexico.” Kellogg Institute Working Paper Series #409.
2015 Samford, Steven. “Innovation and Public Space: The Developmental Possibilities of Regulation in the Global South.” Regulation and Governance 9(3): 294-312.
2014 Samford, Steven and Priscila Ortega Gómez. “Subnational Politics and Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico.” Review of International Political Economy. 21(2): 467-496.
2013 Adhikari, Prakash and Steven Samford. “The Nepali State and the Dynamics of Maoist Insurgency.” Studies in Comparative International Development. 48 (4): 457-481.
2010 Samford, Steven. 2010. “Averting ‘Disruption and Reversal’: The Logic of Rapid Trade Reform in Latin America.” Politics and Society 38 (3): 373-407.
2017 Breznitz, Dan and Steven Samford. 2017. “Analysis of Innovation Agencies: Case Study: Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).” Unpublished Report, Inter-American Development Bank
2016 Breznitz, Dan and Steven Samford. 2016. “Innovation Agencies: The Road Ahead.” Unpublished Report, Inter-American Development Bank
2015 Samford, Steven. “Structure, Meaning, and Network Causality.” Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 13(2): 9-13.
2012 Samford, Steven. “Review: John A. Donaldson, Small Works: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China (Cornell UP, 2011).” Journal of Politics 74(4).
2011 Samford, Steven. 2011. “From Tradition to Trade: The Challenges of Upgrading Mexican Ceramics of World Markets.” Americas Quarterly: The Policy Journal for Our Hemisphere 5(1).
Selected Works in Progress
High-Road Development in Low-Tech Industry
Selected Working Papers
“Mission Critical: The Ends, Means and Design of Innovation Agencies” (with Dan Breznitz and Darius Ornston, Toronto)
“Business Networks, Foreign Investment, and Enclave Formation” (with Dan Breznitz, Toronto)
“Network-Construction and Network-Activation by Innovation Agencies”
“The Development of Local Industrial Policy in Mexico” (with Priscila Ortega Gómez)
2013 Virginia M. Walsh Dissertation Award American Political Science Assoc., STEP Section
2013 Best Dissertation Award, Latin American Studies Association, Mexico Section
2013 Early Career Paper Award, Latin American Studies Assoc., Economics & Politics Section
1994-7 Commendation for Excellence in Scholarship, Reed College
2015 Mexican Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AMEXCID), Excellence Grant for Foreign Scholars
2010-12 National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
2010-11 Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship
2010-11 Fulbright US Student Program, Fulbright-García Robles Grant – Mexico
2010 Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies, Dissertation Fellowship (Declined)
2011-12 Latin American & Iberian Institute (University of New Mexico), Doctoral Fellowship
2011 Office of Graduate Studies (University of New Mexico) Future Faculty Grant
2010 Tinker Foundation/LAII (UNM), Field Research Grant
2009 Department of Political Science (University of New Mexico), Travel Grant
2009 Graduate Student Assoc. (University of New Mexico), Specialized Travel Grant
2009, 11 Graduate Student Assoc. (University of New Mexico), Research Allocation Grant
2016 Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
2015 Ministry of Innovation, Science, & Technology, State of Jalisco (Mexico)
2013 University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
2012 Cornell University, Latin American Studies Program
2011 Fulbright-Garcia Robles Conference (Mexico City, Mexico)
Conference Presentations (Selected)
2016 “Business Networks and the Failure of the Maquiladora Model in Jalisco, Mexico,,” REPAL Annual Conference (MIT)
2016 “The Development of Local Industrial Policy in Mexico,” Latin American Studies Association Meeting (New York, NY)
2014 “The Failure of the Assembly Model in Latin America, ”Cardiff Business School, Workshop Comparing Latin American and Asian Political Economy (Cardiff, Wales)
2014 “Technological Innovation and Social Regulation in Developing Economies,” American Political Science Association Meeting (Washington, D.C.)
2014 “Small Enterprises as Shapers of Environmental Regulation,” Latin American Studies Association Meeting (Chicago, IL)
2014 “Collective Action and the Regulation of Microenterprises,” International Studies Association Meeting (Toronto, ON)
2013 Panel Discussant: Immigration, Political Economy; “Indigenous Production in the Era Market Integration: Evidence from Mexico,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting (Chicago, IL)
2012 “Embedded Autonomy Revisited: Brokering Technology Diffusion,” American Sociological Association Meeting (Denver, CO)
2012 “Getting the Lead Out: Facilitating Compliance in the Mexican Ceramics Sector,” Latin American Studies Association (San Francisco, CA)
2012 “State-Led Brokerage and Technology Diffusion in Small Industry, ”Ford Foundation/LASA Conference on Rewarding Regulation (Albuquerque, NM)
2012 “Co-Producing Innovation: The Politics of Productive Ideas,” Social Science Research Council IDRF Conference (Savannah, GA)
2011 “The Subnational Politics of Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico” (with Priscila Ortega); “Networks and Innovation in the Mexican Ceramics Sector,” American Political Science Association Meeting (Seattle, WA)
2011 “Public-Private Dynamics and Upgrading Work Conditions,” UCLA conference on Labor in the Global South (Los Angeles, CA)
2015 State of Jalisco (Mexico), Ministry of Innovation, Science, & Technology: “Cultivating Technology in Jalisco’s Tech Hub”
2016 Inter-American Development Bank, Competitiveness and Innovation Division: “Innovation Agencies: The Road Ahead”
American Political Science Association (Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Award Committee (2015))
American Sociological Association(Development Sociology Awards Committee (2013))
Latin American Studies Association (Economics and Politics Executive Council / Secretary-Treasurer (2013-Present); Economics and Politics Early Career Award Committee (2014); Economics and Politics Open Article Award Committee (2016))
Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics
American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Development Studies, Economics and Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Latin American Politics and Society, Kellogg Institute for International Studies Working Paper Series
Spanish – Advanced
Portuguese – Basic
Mexico (fieldwork), 2010-2011, 2012, 2015
Ecuador (teaching), 2003-2004
El Salvador (teaching), 2001-2003