Mark Blyth

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Mark McGann Blyth

Mark Blyth in 2013.jpg
Blyth in 2013
Born (1967-09-29) 29 September 1967 (age 53)
NationalityUnited Kingdom, United States
Alma materStrathclyde University
Columbia University
Known forGlobal Trumpism[1]
AwardsFinancial Times' 'Books of the Year 2013' for Austerity
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical economy
InstitutionsWatson Institute for International Studies and the Department of Political Science, Brown University
Thesis'Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Political Change in the Twentieth Century' (1999)
Doctoral advisorsMark Kesselman,[2] Hendrick Spruyt[3][4]
InfluencesJohn Maynard Keynes, Karl Polanyi, Michał Kalecki[5]

Mark McGann Blyth (born 29 September 1967)[6] is a Scottish-American political scientist and a professor of international economics at Brown University.

Early life[edit]

Blyth grew up in Dundee, Scotland and was raised by his grandmother after his mother died shortly after child birth.[7] He played bass in rock bands and noted in an interview that "I was a musician from age 14 to 28. I've released five or six albums, but all with independent labels that never went anywhere. If they had, I wouldn't be here. I'd be lying on a beach with Heidi Klum."[8]

In 1991, Blyth received a Walker Bequest award from the University of Strathclyde and a Scottish International Educational Trust Award for Study in the United States. He eventually became a US citizen.[9]

Education and career[edit]

Blyth received a BA in political science from the University of Strathclyde in 1990. He went on to receive a MA in political science in 1993, an MPhil of political science in 1995, and a PhD in political science in 1999 from Columbia University.[10]

In 1997, Blyth joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor of political science. From 2005 to 2009, he was an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins.[11]

In 2009, Blyth became a professor of international political economy at Brown University's Department of Political Science. Since 2014, he has been the Eastman Professor of Political Economy as part of a joint appointment at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and the Department of Political Science.

As of 2020, Blyth is the William R. Rhodes '57 Professor of International Economics and Director of the Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at Brown University.[12]

Blyth is best known for his critique of austerity, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, described by Salon writer Elias Esquith as "necessary reading" and as an economics primer, a polemic, and a history that offers "insight into austerity's lineage, its theories, its champions and its failures...Mark Blyth's new book explains the damaging consequences of austerity in Europe and the U.S." Blyth characterized the argument advanced by austerity advocates as "a canard" and "complete horseshit".[13]

Using the term "Trumpism", Blyth argues that there are similar anti-establishment movements across the developed world.[14][15]



  • Blyth, Mark (2002). Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-81176-7. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  • Lonergan, Eric; Blyth, Mark (2020). Angrynomics (Hardcover ed.). New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9781788212786. Retrieved 9 September 2020.

Selected articles[edit]

A more complete list can be found on Mark Blyth's curriculum vitae.[16]


  1. ^ Blyth, Mark (15 November 2016). "Global Trumpism". Foreign Affairs. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Mark J. Kesselman, Political Science, Columbia University". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Hendrik Spruyt, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ Great Transformations, Acknowledgments, "Special thanks must go to the principal members of my dissertation committee at Columbia University, Mark Kesselman and Henrick Spruyt."
  5. ^ Also in his first book Great Transformations, Acknowledgements, "My dearest intellectual debts are, however, to Robin Varghese, Alex Cooley, Sven Steinmo, and Sheri Berman."
  6. ^ "Blyth, Mark, 1967-". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Mark Blyth - Understanding the rise of populist politics in the West". Mark Blyth - Understanding the rise of populist politics in the West. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  8. ^ Nevils, Brooke (12 October 2006). "Things I've learned: Prof. Mark Blyth". The Johns Hopkins News-Letter.
  9. ^ Schwartzapfel, Beth. "Capitalism With Airbags". Brown Alumni Magazine. Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  10. ^ "BLYTH Mark McGann". World Who's Who. World Who's Who. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Happy Hour with Mark Blyth". Johns Hopkins Office of Alumni Relations. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Researchers@Brown". Brown University. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  13. ^ Esquith, Elias (11 February 2015). "Austerity Is 'Complete Horsesh*t': Ivy League Prof Dismantles the Conservative Lie". Salon. Retrieved 8 September 2020 – via AlterNet.
  14. ^ Blyth, Mark (15 November 2016). "Global Trumpism". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  15. ^ Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (29 September 2016), Mark Blyth ─ Global Trumpism (Video), retrieved 17 February 2019
  16. ^ "Mark Blyth CV December 2018" (PDF). Brown University. Retrieved 8 September 2020.

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