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James Raymond Vreeland




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James Raymond Vreeland (Ph.D., New York University, 1999) is Professor of International Relations in the School of Foreign Service. He conducts research in the field of international political economy, specializing in international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the United Nations.

His research explores a wide range of policy outcomes, including economic growth and income distribution, the transparency of democracies and dictatorships, and even the commitment of governments to defend basic human rights or, alternatively, to engage in such pernicious activities as the practice of torture. His explanations for such policy outcomes address the ways in which governments can use international institutions as scapegoats to launder “dirty” politics.

In addition to his first book, The IMF and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, March 2003), he has written an introductory text entitled The International Monetary Fund: Politics of Conditional Lending (Routledge, January 2007) and co-edited Globalization and the Nation State: The Impact of the IMF and the World Bank (Routledge, 2006). His most recent book, The Political Economy of the United Nations Security Council: Money and Influence (Cambridge University Press, May 2014), addresses the ways that governments trade foreign aid for political support on the UN Security Council.

His research has appeared in International Organization, World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Economics, Political Analysis, European Economic Review, Review of International Organizations, Public Choice, World Development, International Studies Review, Kyklos, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

Vreeland has growing global experience, having presented his research in over fifteen countries on six different continents. He has also held teaching and research affiliations with universities around the world including Bond University (Australia), ESADE (Spain), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), Korea University (Korea), University of California Los Angeles (USA), Peking University (China), Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina), University of São Paulo (Brazil), and Yale University (USA). He speaks English, French, and Spanish.

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  • Ph.D. (1999) New York University, Politics


  • French (speak, read, write)
  • Spanish (speak, read, write)

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign ServiceICC 301, Georgetown UniversityWashington D.C. 20057Phone: (202)

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