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Jeff Dayton-Johnson was appointed to the role of vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Institute in November 2014. In this new position, Dayton-Johnson serves as the Institute’s chief academic officer and is responsible for the overall success and functioning of the school in collaboration with the senior administrative team at Middlebury.

A development economist, Dayton-Johnson joined the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in August 2011 as an associate professor in the International Policy Studies program. A year later, Dayton-Johnson was named chair of the program, and subsequently helped lead the integration of the Master of Public Administration program and the renamed International Policy & Development programs into a coordinated program in Development Practice and Policy. He served as interim dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management from July through November 2014.

During his time on the Monterey faculty, Dayton-Johnson has published three books on the political economy of Latin America. Prior to coming to the Institute, he spent seven years as a senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he was the first head of the Americas Desk at the OECD’s Development Centre. Prior to that, he was a tenured associate professor of economics and international development studies at Dalhousie University in Canada.

Dayton-Johnson received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his undergraduate education in Latin American studies at Berkeley and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

In his off-campus hours, Dayton-Johnson is a regular contributor of jazz reviews and interviews to All About Jazz (, the most widely-read jazz magazine on the web, and was the host of “Now’s the Time,” a jazz-focused program on public radio station KUSP in Santa Cruz, California.

Areas of Interest

Economic development, emerging economies, economics and politics of Latin American countries (including Mexico), immigration, poverty, inequality, natural disasters.

Jeff Dayton-Johnson interviewed live about a financial crisis in Latin America on CNBC.


“Central America, China and the US: What Prospects for Development?” (with R. Avendaño), in Margaret Myers and Carol Wise, eds., The Political Economy of China–Latin America Relations in the New Millennium: Brave New World, Routledge, 2016.

“Innovation in Emerging Markets” (with L. Casanova, N.O. Fonstad, and S. Jain), in Jerry Haar and Ricardo Ernst (Eds.), Innovation in Emerging Markets, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

“Central America, China, and the US: What Prospects for Development?” (with R. Avendaño), Pacific Affairs, 2015.

Latin America’s Emerging Middle Classes: Economic Perspectives (editor). Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015.

“Legitimidad fiscal y protestas en la calle: sobre Brasil y América Latina,” Vox. Lacea, July 2013, (with Christian Daude and Angel Melguizo).

The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Political Economy (editor, with Javier Santiso). Oxford University Press, 2012.

“Are the Commons a Metaphor for Our Times?” OECD Observer, 2012 (with Jesús Antón).

“Innovation from Emerging Markets: The Case of Latin America,” INSEAD Working Paper 2012/76/ST, 2012, (with L. Casanova, N. Olaya Fonstad and A. Pietikäinen).

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