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Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy

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Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy



beim Deborah Beim, Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013, is an assistant professor of political science. Her research focuses on American courts. Her current research examines interactions between the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals. In 2013-2014, she will teach courses on American politics, judicial politics, and game theory.

Seok-ju Cho Seok–ju Cho, Ph. D., University of Rochester, 2005 is Assistant Professor in Political Science. His research concerns political bargaining and electoral competition under alternative constitutional or institutional arrangements. In 2005–2006, he will be teaching “Positive Political Theory,” “Fundamentals of Modeling II,” and “Models of Bargaining.”

Campus address: 115 Prospect Street, Room 309
Phone: (203) 432–5262
Email: seok–

Debs Alexandre Debs is Assistant Professor in Political Science. He is interested in the politics of weak institutions. His current projects look at the causes of international conflict, nuclear proliferation, and democratization. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the Economics of Peace and Security Journal, International Organization, the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. In 2013-2014, Alexandre will teach courses on nuclear proliferation, the causes of war, and game theory. He received a Ph.D. degree in Economics from M.I.T., an M.Phil. from Oxford University and a B.Sc. from Universite de Montreal.

Campus address: 115 Prospect Street, Room 311

Ana De La O Ana L. De La O, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is also affiliated with the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September 2007. Her research interests include causes and consequences of redistribution, politics of public goods provision, effects of anti–poverty programs on the political behavior of recipients in developing countries, particularly Latin America, and the use of field experimental research methods. In 2007–2008 Ana will teach courses on political economy and politics of poverty alleviation.

Campus address: 124 Prospect Street, Room 310
Phone: (203) 432–5234

  Johannes Hörner, PhD, University of Pennsylvania 2000 is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, and member of the Cowles Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a council member of the game theory society. His research interest include repeated games, dynamic games, and games of incomplete information. He has written numerous articles for a variety of economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economic Studies and The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Giovanni Maggi Susan Hyde, Ph.D., UCSD, 2006, is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University, where she is affiliated with the MacMillian Center and the Institute for Social and Policy Studies. Her research interests include international influences on domestic politics, elections in developing countries, international norm creation, election manipulation, and the use of natural and field experimental research methods. Her current research explores the effects of international democracy promotion efforts, especially international election observation.  Her research has been published in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Politics, and has recently completed a book entitled The Pseudo-Democrat’s Dilemma: Why Election Monitoring Became an International Norm.

Campus address: 77 Prospect Street, Room C120
Phone: (203) 432–5672

Giovanni Maggi Giovanni Maggi, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1994, is the Howard H. Leach Professor of Economics & International Affairs. He is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and faculty research fellow for the Center for Economic Policy Research. His research and teaching interests include international trade, political economy, and industrial organizations. He has written numerous articles for a variety of economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, International Economic Review, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Campus address: 37 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 27
Phone: (203) 432–3569

Mobarak Mushfiq Mobarak is an associate professor of economics at the Yale School of Management. He is a development economist with interests in environmental issues. Professor Mobarak has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, India, Malawi and Brazil. He conducts field experiments exploring ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt technologies or behaviors that are likely to be welfare improving.
Professor Mobarak co-chairs the Urban Services Initiative at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, and leads the Bangladesh Research Program for the ‘International Growth Centre (IGC)’ at LSE and Oxford.  He has previously worked as an economist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the World Bank and at the International Monetary Fund.

John Roemer Margaret Peters is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Prior to coming to Yale, she was an Assistant Professor and Thrice Family Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses broadly on international political economy with a special focus on the politics of migration. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2011. Her dissertation on the relationship between trade and capital policy and immigration policy won the American Political Science Association’s Helen Dwight Reid award for the best dissertation on international relations, law and politics. Her work has appeared in International Organization. She teaches classes on international political economy and migration.

Margaret Peters
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Yale University

Qian Nancy Qian, Ph.D., MIT, 2005, is an Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University, where she teaches development economics. Her research is focused on providing rigorous empirical evidence for a set of core questions in development economics that fall broadly under three categories: demography and development, growth and development, and institutions and development. Nancy’s work has been published in top academic journals, including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has been featured by media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. She has been an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and a Harvard Academy Scholar, and has received research grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of European Economics Association, and has consulted for agencies such as The World Bank and the Global Development Network.

Campus Address: 27 Hillhouse Ave.
Phone: (203) 432-3639

John Roemer John Roemer, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, (Economics), 1974, is the Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Professor of Political Science and Economics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and has been a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research concerns political economy, and distributive justice. He is currently teaching Political Competition and a Workshop in Political Economy. Publications include: Political Competition, Harvard University Press, 2001; Equality of Opportunity, Harvard University Press, 1998, Theories of Distributive Justice, Harvard University Press, 1996.

Campus address: 115 Prospect Street, Room 313
Phone: (203) 432–5249

Susan Rose-Ackerman Susan Rose–Ackerman, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence (Law and Political Science). Professor Rose-Ackerman has written widely on administrative law, corruption, federalism, and law and economics. Her most recent books are Due Process of Lawmaking (with Stefanie Egidy and James Fowkes, forthcoming 2014), Anti-Corruption Policy: Can International Actors Play a Constructive Role? (editor with Paul Carrington), Comparative Administrative Law (editor with Peter Lindseth, 2010), International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption (vol. I, editor, 2006; vol. II, editor with Tina Søreide, 2011); From Elections to Democracy: Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland (2005); Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform, 1999 (translated into 17 languages); and Controlling Environmental Policy: The Limits of Public Law in Germany and the United States (1995). Her current research and teaching interests are the comparative study of administrative law and public policy analysis with a focus on the United States and Western Europe, and the political economy of corruption and its control. She directs the program in Comparative Administrative Law at Yale Law School, and she holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Campus address: Law School, 217 Wall Street, Room 217
Phone: (203) 432–4891
Email: susan.rose–

Frances Rosenbluth Frances Rosenbluth, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1988, is the Damon Wells Professor of International Politics and Deputy Provost for the Social Sciences and for Faculty Development and Diversity. She has received research support from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Commission, the National Science Foundation, the Council on Foreign Affairs, and the Abe Foundation. She was awarded the Leubbert Prize for best book in comparative politics in 1997, best paper from the Comparative Section of the APSA in 2003, and best paper from the Political Economy Section of the APSA in 2004. Her current research concerns war and constitutions, the political economy of gender, and Japanese politics and political economy. Her most recent books are Japan Transformed (with Michael Thies, Princeton University Press, 2010); Women, Work, and Politics (with Torben Iversen, Yale University Press, 2010), and War and Statebuilding in Medieval Japan (co-edited with John Ferejohn, Stanford University Press, 2010).

Campus address: 1 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 201
Phone: (203) 432–4449

Ebonya Washington, PhD MIT 2003, is Professor of Economics. She also serves as the co–director of the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Her political economy work focuses on the representation and political efficacy of low-income and minority Americans and the psychological motivations and consequences of political participation. Professor Washington also studies the financial behavior of low-income Americans. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics among other publications.
Campus address: 37 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 36
Phone: (203) 432-9901