My primary field is International Relations; a second principal area is political economy (especially macroeconomics), and I also conduct research related to politics and film. I am currently pursuing projects on Classical Realism, the international political implications of the financial crisis, and the politics of the ‘seventies film’. Much of my research has engaged two themes: economics and national security, and the politics of money. My book, Currency and Coercion: The Political Economy of International Monetary Power (Princeton University Press, 1995) integrated these two interests with an exploration of how states can and have manipulated international monetary relations to advance security-related goals. Another book, Appeasing Bankers: Financial Caution on the Road to War (Princeton University Press, 2007), considers 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 2009 best book award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
Previously I served as director the International Political Economy program at the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell. A series of workshops run by the IPE program on the politics of money led to my edited volume, Money Orders: Ambiguous Economics, Ubiquitous Politics (Cornell University Press, 2003). Monetary Orders includes several chapters that anticipate key issues (such as capital deregulation) that would become central to understanding the financial crisis of 2007-8; my papers on Keynes and on macroeconomic politics from this period engaged these themes as well. The IPE program also supported the conferences that led to my co-edited volume, The Future of the Dollar (Cornell, 2009), which brought together political scientists, economists and historians, and established a framework to understand the bases of scholars’ divergent expectations about the dollar’s future as an international currency. (A separate project on the dollar was published as a special issue of the Review of International Political Economy in 2008.)
I am currently director of Cornell University’s Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, and I am the co-editor (with Eric Helleiner) of the multi-disciplinary book series, “Cornell Studies in Money.” Previously I chaired the Economics and National Security Program at the Olin Institute of Strategic Studies at Harvard. A multi-year project at the Olin ENS program led to my edited volume, Globalization and National Security (Routledge, 2006).
At the graduate level, I teach courses in IR, IPE, Political Economy, and Economics and National Security. At the undergraduate level I teach a wide variety of courses in IR (including, in rotation, Introduction to International Relations) and political economy. I also teach courses on politics and film (in the arts college and also most summers at Cornell’s Adult University). 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