James Vreeland

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James Raymond Vreeland (born 1971, New York City) is Professor of Politics and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He conducts research in the field of international political economy, specializing in international institutions.

Education and Employment[edit]

Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton University in July 2018, he served as associate and full Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University (2009-2018) and as assistant and associate professor of Political Science at Yale University (1999–2008). He has held visiting positions and affiliations at universities on five continents around the world, including the University of California, Los Angeles,[1] the ETH Zürich, Bond University,[2] the University of São Paulo, and most recently Korea University.[3] He received his BA from Manhattan College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 1994,[4] and his PhD from New York University in 1999.


His research explores a range of policy outcomes, including economic growth[5] and the distribution of income under programs of economic reform,[6] the foreign policy positions of developing countries,[7] the transparency of policy making under different political institutions,[8] and the commitment of governments to defend human rights.[9] His research addresses the ways in which international institutions interact with domestic politics.[10] The domestic institutions he has focused on include both democracies and dictatorships, as well as intermediate regimes.[11] His research is most known for its treatment of international institutions, particularly the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the United Nations Security Council.

His first book, entitled The IMF and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, March 2003), was critically and favorably reviewed by several scholars.[12] He has more recently published an introductory book about the IMF, entitled The International Monetary Fund: Politics of Conditional Lending (Routledge, January 2007), which was carefully critiqued in a 20-page review by the deputy director of the IMF’s External Relations Department.[13] He is also the co-editor of Globalization and the Nation State: The Impact of the IMF and the World Bank (Routledge, 2006), along with Gustav Ranis and Stephen Kosack. The book includes contributions from leading North American analysts such as Nancy Birdsall and Stephen Morris, as well as European-based analysts including Frances Stewart.[14] He has published in numerous scholarly journals, including International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Public Choice, World Development, International Political Science Review, Political Analysis, World Economics, and Foreign Policy Magazine. He currently serves as an associate editor for The Review of International Organizations.[15] His research has led him to be covered by media internationally, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,[16] DawnNews,[17] BizRadio Network,[18] the Washington Post,[19] Financial Times Deutschland,[20] De Tijd,[21] and Der Bund.[22]

Major works[edit]


  • Vreeland, James Raymond (2007). The International Monetary Fund: Politics of Conditional Lending. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-37462-0.
  • Vreeland, James Raymond (2003). The IMF and Economic Development. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-01695-7.

Scholarly Articles[edit]

Edited Volumes[edit]


  1. ^ UCLA International Institute: Research and Publications by 2003-2004 Global Fellows
  2. ^ "Bond University: The Globalisation and Development Centre External Research Associates". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
  3. ^ Korea University International Summer Campus
  4. ^ Jasper Jottings: The achievement journal of my fellow alums
  5. ^ Journal of Development Economics Volume 62, Issue 2, Pages 285-556 (August 2000)
  6. ^ Vreeland, James Raymond. 2002. The Effect of IMF Programs on Labor. World Development 30 (1): 121-139.
  7. ^ Dreher, Axel, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and James Raymond Vreeland. 2009. Global Horse Trading: IMF loans for votes in the United Nations Security Council. European Economic Review: doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2009.03.002.
  8. ^ Rosendorff, B. Peter and James Raymond Vreeland. 2006. Democracy and Data Dissemination: The Effect of Political Regime on Transparency. Ms.
  9. ^ Vreeland, James Raymond. 2008. Political Institutions and Human Rights: Why Dictatorships enter into the United Nations Convention Against Torture. International Organization 62 (1):65-101.
  10. ^ James Raymond Vreeland Home Page
  11. ^ Vreeland, James Raymond. 2008. The Effect of Political Regime on Civil War: Unpacking Anocracy. Journal of Conflict Resolution 52 (3):401-425.
  12. ^ See Helen Milner, Perspectives on Politics (2005); Kendall Stiles, Perspectives on Politics (2004); Rodney Ramcharan, Finance and Development (2004); Chris Kilby, Choice (2004); Jonathan R. Strand, Perspectives on Political Science (2005); Richard Kozul-Wright, Development and Change (2005); Noreena Hertz, Newstatesman Political Studies Guide 2004: Special Supplement (2003).
  13. ^ Hacche, Graham. 2007. A Non-Definitive Guide to the IMF. World Economics 8(2), 97-118.
  14. ^ Ranis, Gustav, James Raymond Vreeland, and Stephen Kosack (eds.). 2006. Globalization and the Nation State: The Impact of the IMF and the World Bank. New York: Routledge.
  15. ^ The Review of International Organizations Editorial Board
  16. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National. Rear Vision, "The International Monetary Fund." 15 April 2009.
  17. ^ DawnNews Television of Pakistan. Interview. 22:30, 15 November 2007.
  18. ^ The Michael Norman Show (8:20am–8:40am CST), 26 December 2006; and The Michael Norman Show (9:10am–9:30am CST), 2 October 2006.
  19. ^ The Washington Post. "Security Council Seat Tied to Aid: Studies Cite Much More U.S. Assistance for Poor Nations," by Colum Lynch. Page A19. 1 November 2006.
  20. ^ Financial Times Deutschland. "Studie sieht Missbrauch beim IWF" by Mark Schieritz and Monika Dunkel. Page 18. 25 October 2006.
  21. ^ De Tijd. "IMF beloont tijdelijke leden VN-Veiligheidsraad." Page 8. 20 October 2006.
  22. ^ Der Bund. "Thema 60 Jahre Iwf und Weltbank: «Gute Absichten sind nicht Normalfall» Viele Regierungen benutzen den Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF), um national unpopuläre Reformen durchzusetzen." Page 2. 17 November 2004.

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