James Raymond Vreeland


James Raymond Vreeland (Ph.D., New York University, 1999) 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 the distribution of income under programs of economic reform, the foreign policy positions of developing countries, the transparency of policy making under various political systems, 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, entitled The IMF and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, March 2003), he has written an introductory text on the IMF and co-edited a volume on the IMF and the World Bank. His most recent book, The Political Economy of the United Nations Security Council, was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2014. He has also published his research in top scholarly journals in the field of political science as well as economics. 

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

Areas of Expertise:  International Monetary Fund (IMF),  World Bank, United Nations Security Council, Asian Development Bank, Transparency, Democracy, Dictatorship, International Institutions, Global Governance, Regional Development Banks

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



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