Victor D. Cruz Aceves, MA

Cruz Aceves

PhD Candidate

Westring 400, R.04.24 
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Dissertation Project:

The Diffusion of Morality Policy

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Martin (New York University

Does legislation that vary in the degree to which they feature characteristics of morality policy diffuse? Through which mechanisms does this occur? Why do polities adopt this policy? Using pooled time-series cross-section data from the 50 US-American states (1994 through 2011), hypotheses from morality politics and diffusion of innovation theories will be tested using Event History--a.k.a. Survival and/or Duration--Analysis, EHA (single-spell, repeated-events and pooled versions thereof). It will be determined which--political, demographic, economic & ideological--state-level factors influenced jurisdictions to pass medical marijuana laws, same-sex marriage bans & (105) anti-obesity policies.


Morality Policy in the USA & Mexico: (Sub- & National) Same-sex legislation (R&R, State Politics & Policy Quarterly)

(with Dr. Caroline Beer, Vermont University)

What explains the extension of greater rights to traditionally marginalized minority groups?  Are the same factors important in determining subnational variation in the United States and Mexico? This paper uses a mixed method and mixed level approach to tackle these puzzles, combining comparative case studies of national and subnational gay rights policy with an event history analysis of the introduction of civil unions bills across the states of Mexico and the United States.
In the statistical results, we find surprisingly similar results in Mexico and the United States. The findings suggest that social movements, religion, and party politics are important factors in determining LGBT rights. The percentage of Catholics, the number of gay rights organizations and wealth are positively related to civil union initiation in both countries. States with governors from the Democratic Party in the United States and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in Mexico were more likely to initiate civil unions legislation. Electoral competition and urbanization are not significant in either the U.S. or Mexico. The main differences between both countries are the influence of local diffusion and racial diversity.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Morality Policy
  • Policy Diffusion
  • Cross- & Subnational (Mexico & USA) Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Research methods


2012.            Kiel University (CAU) (Germany): Predoctoral fellowship

2009 - 2011. Zeppelin University (Germany): MA Public Management & Governance

2009.            Goethe Institut (Freiburg im Breisgau)

2003 - 2008. UAEM (Mexico): BA International Economic Relations (5-year programme)

2007.            Mendelova Univerzita v Brno (Czech Republic)

Courses taught:

        Kiel University (CAU). BA seminars:

Summer 2017.  Comparative Politics: Subnational Politics of the USA.

Winter 2016.     Comparative Politics: Cross & Sub-national Policy Diffusion.

Summer 2016.  EU: Morality Policy & Diffusion in the European Union.

Summer 2013.  IR: Human Rights & International Politics.

Winter 2012.     IR: Norm Diffusion.

        Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (Toluca):

Summer 2013.  Human Rights (Lecture; weekly video-conferences from Kiel, Germany)

2011 - 2012.     Language instructor

Research-related Experience

2015 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Washington, D.C., USA.
Projects: Economic Consequences of Violence in the Mexican States (Dr. Viridiana Rios, Harvard) & Subnational Juxtaposed Policy Regimes in South America (Prof. Dr. Kent Eaton, University of California)

2013 Center for International Policy, Americas Program: Mexico City

2010 Center for European Policy Studies: Brussels, Belgium

Proffesional Experience

2013 - 2015 Graduate & International Centers of the Kiel University (CAU)