I am the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Government at Cornell. My research and teaching interests focus on International Relations, political economy (especially macroeconomics), and politics and film. I am currently pursuing projects on Classical Realism, the international political implications of the financial crisis, and the politics of mid-century cinema. Recent books include American Power after the Financial Crisis, and Hollywood’s Last Golden Age: Politics, Society and the Seventies Film in America. My first book, Currency and Coercion: The Political Economy of International Monetary Power explored how states manipulate international monetary relations to advance security-related goals. Another book, Appeasing Bankers: Financial Caution on the Road to War, illustrated how financial interests (such as banks) and international financial markets can shape and constrain states’ grand strategies and influence decisions about war and peace. Appeasing Bankers won the best book award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
I am the editor of the volumes Globalization and National Security, and Money Orders: Ambiguous Economics, Ubiquitous Politics. (Published in 2003, Monetary Orders features several chapters that anticipate key issues that would become central to understanding the global financial crisis of 2007-8; my papers on Keynes and on macroeconomic politics more generally engage these themes as well.) With Eric Helleiner, I am the co-editor of the multi-disciplinary book series, “Cornell Studies in Money,” as well as the books The Great Wall of Money: Power and Politics in China’s International Monetary Relations, and The Future of the Dollar. (Links to my books and most papers can be found on my personal website, accessible in the box above.)
I served as director of Cornell’s Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies from 2007 to 2015, and previously chaired the Economics and National Security Program at the Olin Institute of Strategic Studies at Harvard. From Cornell I have received the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and the Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award.
- Course Syllabi
- Govt 1817 Introduction to International Relations
- Govt 3809 The Politics of the “Seventies” Film
- Govt 4847 Realist Theories of International Relations
- Govt 6067 Field Seminar in International Relations
- Govt 6857 International Political Economy
- Govt 688 Political Economy and National Security
- Govt 7035 Political Economy