I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and an associate member in the  Department of Economics at McGill University. I am also a research fellow at the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Economie Quantitative (CIREQ) and a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) . Before joining McGill, I was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I have also held research fellowships at New York University (2008-2009), IMT Lucca (2009-2011), Princeton University (2011-2012), the European University Institute (2019-2020), and Stanford University (2020-2021). 

My research interests are in the area of international political economy and comparative political economy with a focus on trade, development, international organizations, populism, and conflict. I published more than 50 articles in journals like American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, and The Journal of Politics among others. I am also the author of "Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: How International Institutions Promote Liberalization" (Oxford University Press, 2014). My research has been supported by grants from Europe and North America. Both my research and my teaching have won several awards in Canada, Europe, and in the US. On this website you find information on my publications, working papers, and teaching.

Dataset: With Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg) and Manfred Elsig (WTI Bern) I completed data collection on more than 900 trade agreements signed from 1950 to present day (December 2023). Using manual content analysis and statistical techniques to check coders’ reliability, the dataset includes measures on flexibility, coverage, commitments, trade integration, and delegation features. More information is available at http://www.designoftradeagreements.org/. IPES Best Dataset Award (2017).

Ongoing Grants: SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2021-2024), SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2023-2026), and MSSI’s 2023 Social Sciences and Humanities Fund. 

Recent Awards: 2023 Excellence in Reviewing Award (British Journal of Political Science, 2024); Best Course of the Year (McGill, 2024).

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Twitter: @LeoBaccini