Cristina Bodea received an MA in Economics from the Central European University, Budapest and is the recipient of numerous fellowship awards. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester. Her research emphasizes integrating the study of open economies with the constraints of domestic political institutions. Cristina's dissertation examines the politics of exchange rates and central banks in Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union. Her latest project studies budget deficits in transition economies focusing on the role of independent central banks and democratic governance.
Nancy Brune is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Her focus is on the political economy of the macroeconomy. Nancy's research examines the global diffusion of privatization and the regulatory bodies and legal frameworks created to support privatization programs. She is also interested in the institutions that mediate economic policy outcomes in developing countries. She is the author of The IMF and the Global Spread of Privatization and The Globalization Rorschach Test: International Economic Integration, Inequality, and the Role of Government, which is forthcoming in 2005.
Joshua Busby holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University and is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research interests include IPE, American foreign policy and grand strategy, and transnational social movements. Among his many publications are "The Security Implications of Climate Change For The UN System" with Nigel Purvis and "Listen! Pay Attention! Jubilee 2000 and Transnational Advocacy". Joshua is also currently working on publishing his dissertation into a book titled "States of Grace: Debt Relief, Climate Change and Moral Action in Foreign Policy."
Mark Copelovitch holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University and will begin teaching at the University of Wisconsin after his fellowship year. He studies the politics of international financial and monetary relations. Mark's dissertation focuses on the political economy of International Monetary Fund lending over the last two decades. His research interests also include European monetary integration, the domestic politics of international cooperation, and the politics of financial regulation. He is the author of Private Debt Composition and the Political Economy of IMF Lending, and has taught The Politics of Global Financial Relations at Harvard University.
Tonya Putnam has a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her dissertation, "Courts Without Borders: The Politics and Law of Extraterritorial Regulation" explores the role of domestic courts and regulatory institutions in the development of international regulatory rules and regimes. Her other current research interests include understanding how international law affects the formation of identities and preferences in international relations, and the challenges associated with establishing justice institutions in post-conflict transitions.
Alberto Simpser will receive a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Economics from Stanford University this summer. His research focuses on the institutional foundations of socioeconomic development. Recently, he has studied corrupt elections and their consequences for democratic accountability, governance and development. While at the Center for Globalization and Governance, Alberto plans to develop the international dimension of his research on electoral corruption. He will explore the impact of international pressures such as those relating to aid, trade, and electoral observation on the quality of elections in developing democracies, focusing on recipients' incentives to engage in corrupt electoral practices.
Barbara Walter is an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego. Barbara received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is an authority on international security, with an emphasis on internal wars, conflict termination, and bargaining and cooperation. Her current research and teaching interests include civil wars, bargaining failures, self-determination movements and state building in the aftermath of war. Her publications include: Globalization, Territoriality, and Conflict (co-edited with Miles Kahler) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005); Committing to Peace: The Successful Settlement of Civil Wars (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001); "Sabotaging the Peace: The Politics of Extremist Violence," with Andrew Kydd, International Organization, Spring 2002; "The Critical Barrier to Civil War Settlement," International Organization, Summer 1997; "Designing Transitions from Violent Civil War" International Security, Summer 1999; and Civil Wars, Insecurity and Intervention (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999) co-edited with Jack Snyder. She is currently working on a book manuscript on self-determination conflicts, and one on strategies of extremist violence. Walter is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Guggenheim, and Smith Richardson Foundations.
Michael D. Bordo is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has held previous academic positions at the University of South Carolina and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University and a Visiting Scholar at the IMF, Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England and the Bank for International Settlement. He also is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has a B.A. degree from McGill University, a M.Sc.(Econ) from the London School of Economics and he received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1972. He has published many articles in leading journals and ten books in monetary economics and monetary history including: with Claudia Goldin and Eugene White, The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century, University of Chicago Press, 1998; Essays on the Gold Standard and Related Regimes, Cambridge University Press, 1999 and with Alan Taylor and Jeffrey Williamson, Globalization in Historical Perspective, University of Chicago Press, 2003. Professor Bordo is also editor of a series of books for Cambridge University Press: Studies in Macroeconomic History.