James Morrison

James Morrison joined the Political Science faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2008. He completed his dissertation at Stanford University in June of 2008, where his advisors included Judith Goldstein, Barry Weingast, Joshua Cohen, and Benjamin J. Cohen.

Dr. Morrison's dissertation was entitled "An Unholy Trinity: The Influence of Locke, Smith, & Keynes on British Macroeconomic Stabilization Policy.” It focused on the role these three key intellectuals played in shaping policymakers' understanding of the constraints they face and the opportunities they enjoy in setting foreign economic policy. He is currently working to transform his dissertation into a book.

His current research [http://research.jamesashleymorrison.com/] includes topics in international political economy, international law and organization, and the history of political and economic thought. He has coauthored chapters in several edited volumes. He also has another manuscript on the creation of the American monetary system.




Course List: 

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IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2012, Winter 2013

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PSCI 0109 - International Politics      

International Politics
What causes conflict or cooperation among states? What can states and other international entities do to preserve global peace? These are among the issues addressed by the study of international politics. This course examines the forces that shape relations among states, and between states and international regimes. Key concepts include: the international system, power and the balance of power, international institutions, foreign policy, diplomacy, deterrence, war, and global economic issues. Both the fall and spring sections of this course emphasize rigorous analysis and set theoretical concepts against historical and contemporary case studies. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ CMP SOC

Spring 2012

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PSCI 0236 - International Law      

International Law
In this course, we will study the function and operation of international law in international politics. We will begin by comparing the approaches of political scientists and lawyers, scholars and practitioners, and judges and politicians. Next, we will examine several of the most prevalent international legal mechanisms that exist today, including the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, and the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body. We will then study several of the major areas of international law, including treaties, human rights, and the use of force. Our course will culminate with a mock trial, a recapitulation of the Nuremberg Trials. (PSCI 0109 or by waiver) 3 hrs. sem. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/

Spring 2012

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PSCI 0304 - Internatl Political Economy      

International Political Economy
This course examines the politics of global economic relations, focusing principally on the advanced industrial states. How do governments and firms deal with the forces of globalization and interdependence? And what are the causes and consequences of their actions for the international system in turn? The course exposes students to both classic and contemporary thinking on free trade and protectionism, exchange rates and monetary systems, foreign direct investment and capital movements, regional integration, and the role of international institutions like the WTO. Readings will be drawn mainly from political science, as well as law and economics. (PSCI 0109) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
(International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ SOC

Fall 2011

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PSCI 0456 - Int'l Order in the 20th C      

International Order in the 20th Century: Theories and Practice
In this seminar we will study the organization of the international system throughout the 20th century, and evaluate some of the key mechanisms by which international relations are supposed to have been ordered: international institutions (like the World Bank), international organizations (like the United Nations), and international regimes (like the international gold standard). Reading both "secondary" and "primary" perspectives on these mechanisms, we will consider their interaction and assess the degree to which the international system was "ordered" in the most recent century. The course will impart to students greater knowledge of the international system's evolution and refine their tools for analyzing international organization. (PSCI 0109 or PSCI 0201 or PSCI 0304 or PSCI 0311 or waiver) 3 hrs. sem. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ SOC

Fall 2011

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PSCI 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Projects
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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PSCI 1025 - Globalization Then and Now      

Globalization: Then and Now
By several measures, the global economy was more fully integrated in 1900 than it is today. Thus, the current march of globalization is neither inevitable nor unprecedented. In this course, we will examine the foreign economic policies of the major powers (particularly the United States and Great Britain) that fostered these two eras of globalization. We will also consider the normative arguments made by both the advocates (Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Paul Krugman) and the skeptics (Karl Marx, Alexander Hamilton, and Dani Rodrik) of market integration. We will use this perspective to understand and evaluate current trends in the global economy. (Prior experience in economics and/or political science recommended.) This course counts as elective credit towards the Political Science major. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ HIS SOC WTR

Winter 2012

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Recent Publications

"International Regimes and War," in Christopher J. Coyne, ed. The Handbook on the Political Economy of War. (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming February 2011) (with Avery White).

"Hayek, Oakeshott, and the Concept of Spontaneous Order," in Peter McNamara and Louis Hunt, eds. Liberalism, Conservatism, and Hayek's Idea of Spontaneous Order. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2007). (with Richard A. Boyd).

"The Necessary & Proper Clause," in Joseph R. Marbach, Ellis Katz, and Troy E. Smith, eds. Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005).

"John Cary," in Donald Rutherford, ed., Biographical Dictionary of British Economists. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2004).

Current Projects

"An Unholy Trinity: The Influence of Locke, Smith, & Keynes on British Foreign Economic Policy" (Book Manuscript in Progress)

"Paper or Metal? Hamilton and Jefferson in the Creation of the American Monetary System" (Working Paper)

Research Interests

International Political Economy
The International Monetary System
Ideas & Intellectuals in Policymaking
History of Economic Thought
International Organization


Program in International Politics & Economics

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