Background & Research



I am Professor of Government at Cornell University, specializing in International Relations (IR), Political Economy, and Politics and Film. My work on the international politics of money and finance emphasizes the role of power politics and has also been greatly influenced by the writings of Keynes and economic historians such as Charles Kindleberger.  In IR Theory I take a Classical Realist perspective.  In addition to power, Classical Realism emphasizes the role of history, uncertainty, and contingency in explaining world politics, and as such (and similar to both Keynes and Hayek) it is an approach deeply skeptical of organizing inquiry around the goal of predicting future behavior and outcomes.  I am also the author of the novel Urban Flight

My current research projects center around themes pertaining to International Relations after the financial crisis, applications of Classical Realism, and the politics of the ‘seventies’ film. Recent books of interest include American Power After the Financial Crisis; Hollywood’s Last Golden Age: Politics, Society and the Seventies Film in America; and The Great Wall of Money: Power and Politics in China’s International Monetary Relations (co-edited with Eric Helleiner).

Links to almost all of my publications can be found on this site. My CV, course syllabi, and a more elaborate professional history can be found on my department web page.




Jonathan Kirshner