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Michael Lee


Office: 1721 HW

Research interests:

International Relations
Internatonal Political Economy (politics of finanical crises, political economy of foreign policy)
International Security (causes of war, geography and war)
Quantitative Research Methodology

Recent Courses:

PolSc 270: Intro to International Relations
PolSc 275: Politics of the Global Economy
PolSc 278: International Organizations
PolSc 386: Politics of Finance
PolSc 376: International Political Economy


Ph.D., Indiana University, 2012
B.A., University of Toronto, 2006

Recent Publications:
2021. From Malaise to Meltdown: The International Origins of Financial Folly, 1844-, Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

2024. "Securing securities: political risk, sovereign debt, and the Anglo-American financial power transition," Business and Politics, Online first: 1-21.
2022. "A Populist World Order: Origins and Predictions," Cosmos + Taxis, 10(9+10): 94-112.
2019. "Populism or Embedded Plutocracy? The Emerging World Order," Survival, 61(2): 53-82. 
2018. "Opening the Black Box of Finance: North-South Investment, Political Risk, and U.S. Military Intervention," Political Studies, 67(4): 872-894.
2017. "Multiple Baskets: Diverse Racial Frames and the 2016 Republican Primary", New Political Science, 39(4): 631-650.
2017. “Going Beyond the Existing Consensus: The Use of Games in International Relations Education,” with Zachary Shirkey , PS: Political Science,  50(2): 571-575.
2016. “How many lightbulbs does it take to change the financial system? Economic Ideas and Financial Regulation, 1846-2007” in British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18: 868-888.
2016. "Formal and Informal International Institutions and the Regulation of the Flow of Money" in Compendium Project, International Studies Association.

Book chapters
2021. Free Trade in Peril, in András Sajo, Renáta Uitz, and Stephen Holmes, eds. Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism, 878-887. London: Routledge.
2018. Analyzing the 2016 Republican Primary Using a Tobit Model, SAGE Research Methods Cases, London: SAGE Publishing.
2017. What do we know about Global Financial Crises? Putting Economics and IPE in conversation, in William R. Thompson, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory. New York: Oxford University Press.
2017. "Major Powers vs. Global Powers: A New Measure of Global Reach and Power Projection Capacity", in  William R. Thompson, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory. New York: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming, with William Thompson)
2014. "The Gnomes of Zurich Meet the Dogs of War: Financial Leadership and Regulation, 1850-2013" in Thomas Oatley and William Winecoff, eds., Research Handbook on International Political Economy of Monetary Relations, 364-388, Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
2009. "Falling Down: An Empirical Test of Dynamic Differentials Theory 1500-1999" in William Thompson, ed., Systemic Transitions: Past, Present and Future, 75-100, New York: Palgrave Macmillan