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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IPEC0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2013

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PSCI0109 - 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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PSCI0236 - 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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PSCI0500 - Independent Project      

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

Spring 2012

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PSCI0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Spring 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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