Welcome! I’m Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research and teaching focus on international and comparative political economy, as well as international relations generally. I spent the Fall 2017 semester as a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin.
My research focuses on the connections between the global economy and domestic policy outcomes. Some of my work examines the effect of multinational production on workers’ rights in developing countries, as well as the ways in which U.S. trade policies might affect workers’ rights abroad. With respect to labor rights, I’m also interested in efforts at private sector governance, such as the Bangladesh Accord on Building and Fire Safety. Another stream of my research focuses on the politics of sovereign debt, and on how professional investors evaluate and react to political institutions and government policy choices.
At UNC, I teach undergraduate courses on International Relations and World Politics (POLI 150), International Political Economy (POLI 442), and The Politics of the Pre-World War I Era of Globalization (POLI 258). My graduate courses include Scope and Method in Political Science (POLI 780) and the Politics of International Money and Finance (POLI 853).
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Please see my research and teaching pages for more information.
A copy of my CV is here