Victor D. Cruz Aceves, MA

Cruz Aceves

PhD Candidate

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Dissertation Project:

The Diffusion of Morality Policy

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

This dissertation will fill a gap in comparative state public policy research in general, “morality policy” and “policy diffusion” in particular, in that the diffusion of legislation that differs in the degree to which they may be categorized as “morality policies” will be compared. On the one hand, I will test whether “bounded learning” is (one of) the mechanism(s) behind the diffusion of the legislation under investigation, i.e., the (within and cross-policy) comparison(s) will rest on policy diffusion theory. On the other hand, I will provide empirical evidence on whether diffusion varies as a function of differences in the presence of—theoretical characteristics of—morality politics, controlling for theoretically relevant internal determinants. For this, the politics of three policies that vary in their emphasis on morality will be examined through Event History Analysis (single-, repeated-events and pooled versions thereof), i.e., Same Sex Marriage Bans, Medical Marijuana & (105) Anti-Obesity policies, employing Time-Series Cross-Section data for all 50 states over the time period 1995 – 2011.



Extending Rights to Marginalized Minorities: Same-Sex Relationship Recognitionin Mexico and the United States. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, January 2018. official version pre-print

(with Caroline Beer, Vermont University)

Abstract: With a mixed method and mixed level approach, this paper compares the extension of legal equality to LGBT people in Mexico and the United States with a focus on the legal recognition of same-sex relationships, combining comparative case studies of national and subnational gay rights policy with an ordered probit analysis of the same-sex relationship laws across the states of Mexico and the United States. A national level comparison of gay rights in Mexico and the United States presents a theoretical puzzle: most theories predict that the United States would have more egalitarian policies than Mexico, but in fact, Mexico has provided greater legal equality for LGBT people for a longer time than the United States. A subnational analysis of equal relationship rights in the United States and Mexico provides evidence to support social movement and partisan theories of minority rights. We find that religion plays a different role in Mexico than in the U.S. The different findings at the national and subnational levels suggest the importance of subnational comparative analysis in heterogeneous federal systems.

Research Areas and Interests

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


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

2008.                 UAEM (Mexico): BA International Economic Relations

2007.                 Mendelova Univerzita v Brno (Czech Republic)



        Kiel University (CAU). BA seminars:

Winter 2017.       Comparative Politics.

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

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

Summer 2016.    European Union: Morality Policy & Diffusion.

Summer 2013.    International Relations.

Winter 2012.       International Relations.

        Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (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)


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