STEPHEN B. KAPLAN, Ph.D.

Welcome to my website. I am an associate professor of political science and international affairs in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, and a current fellow at the Wilson Center.  My research and teaching interests are on the frontiers of international and comparative political economy, where I specialize in the political economy of global finance and development, the politics of macroeconomic policy-making, Chinese foreign economic policy, and Latin American politics. My book, Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America, was published by Cambridge University Press (in the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series) in 2013, and was selected for Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles in the Social and Behavioral Sciences that same year. The book is based on my doctoral dissertation, which was awarded the 2010 Mancur Olson Award for Best Dissertation in Political Economy by the American Political Science Association.


I’m currently working on my second book manuscript, The Rise of Patient Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Finance in Latin America (under contract with Cambridge University Press), which aims to evaluate the political and policy making implications of growing Chinese economic interdependence in the Western Hemisphere. To advance this book project, I have received external grants from both the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Minerva Initiative


My current research also examines debtor-creditor relations in global finance, the role of technocratic communities in shaping economic policy, and the rise of emerging powers. I have published articles in The Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Latin American Research Review, Review of International Political Economy, and World Development.  


My research and commentary has also been featured in a range of global outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR’s Marketplace, the AtlanticFohla de Sao PauloHürriyet Daily News & Economic ReviewTo Vima, Asahi Shimbun, and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.


After completing my PhD at Yale University in 2009, I joined the GWU faculty in the fall of 2010. In 2009-2010, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked as a senior economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, writing extensively on developing country economics, global financial market developments, and emerging market crises from 1998 to 2003.


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