Thomas Oatley‎ > ‎



Ph.D., Political Science, August 1994. Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Diplome d'Etudes Superieur (D.E.S.), International Politics, March 1991.  The Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. 

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, May 1987.  The University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.

Positions Held 

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. July 2000 through present. 

Visiting Scholar, The Elliott School, George Washington University, Fall 2009. 

Visiting Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2004-2005. 

Visiting Scholar, the Weatherhead Center for Foreign and International Affairs, Harvard University, 2004-2005. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  July 1993 through July 2000. 

Instructor, Department of Political Science, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia.  January ‑ July 1991. 

Instructor, Department of Political Science, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.  January ‑ May 1991.



2014. The International Monetary System: a Handbook. London: Edward Elgar (co-edited with William K. Winecoff).

2011.  International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, 5th edition. New York: Pearson. 

2011. The Global Economy: Contemporary Debates, 3rd edition. New York: Pearson. 

1997.  Monetary Politics:  Exchange Rate Cooperation in the European Union. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 222 pages. 

Refereed Articles

2013. "The Political Economy of Global Finance: A Network Model," Perspectives on Politics 11 (March) 131-51 (with Winecoff, Pennock, and Bauerle Danzman).

2011. “The Reductionist Gamble: Open Economy Politics in the Global Economy,” International Organization 65 (2): 

2010. “Real Exchange Rates and Trade Protectionism,” Business and Politics 12 (2) Article 1. 

2010. “Political Institutions and Foreign Debt in the Developing World,” International Studies Quarterly 54 (1): 175-195.

2005. “A Political Logic of Foreign Debt Accumulation,” Felix Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury College, Working Paper Series #19 ( (24 pages).

2004. “American Interests and IMF Lending” International Politics 41 (September): 415-429 (with Jason Yackee)

2004. “Why is Stabilization Sometimes Delayed? Re-evaluating the Regime Type Hypothesis,” Comparative Political Studies 37 (April): 286-312.

2001. “Multilateralizing Trade and Payments in Post-War Europe,” International Organization 55 (Autumn): 949-969.

2000.  “Choosing Which Union? Incomplete Information and European Monetary Integration,” International Politics 37 (June): 163-183.

1999.  “How Constraining is Mobile Capital?  The Partisan Hypothesis in an Open Economy,” The American Journal of Political Science 43 (October): 1003-1027. 

1999.  “Central Bank Independence and Inflation:  Corporatism, Partisanship, and Alternative Indices of Central Bank Independence,” Public Choice 98 (March):  399-413.

 1998.  “Redistributive Cooperation: Market Failures and Wealth Transfers in the Creation of the Basle Accord,” International Organization 52 (Winter): 35-54 (with Robert Nabors). 

Book Chapters

2013. “The Domestic Rooting of Financial Regulation in an Era of Global Capital Markets,” in Research Handbook on Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Alternative Investments, edited by Phoebus Athanassiou (London: Edward Elgar).

2013. “Global Economic Issues,” in The Encyclopedia of Global Studies, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Helmut Anheier. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications. 

2005. “Multilateralizing Trade and Payments in Post-War Europe,” in International Institutions in the Global Economy, edited by Lisa Martin. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

2004. “How Constraining is Capital Mobility? The Partisan Hypothesis in an Open Economy,” in International Monetary Relations in the New Global Economy, edited by Benjamn J. Cohen. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2004. “Multilateralizing Trade and Payments in Post-War Europe,” in Rational Design of International Institutions, edited by Barbara Koremenos, Duncan Snidal, and Charles Lipson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

2002.  “Adjudicating Enlargement,” in Institutional Challenges in the European Union, edited by Madeleine O. Hosli and Adrian M.A. van Deemen. London: Routledge. (With Rachel Brewster and Michael Munger).

2002. “Choosing Which Union? Incomplete Information and European Monetary Integration," in Global Society in Transition: an International Politics Reader, edited by Daniel N. Nelson and Laura Neack. New York: Kluwer Law International.

Other Publications 

forthcoming. “Review Essay: The Evolution of a Nation,” Journal of Regional Science

2012. Don't Fear the Grexit," Foreign Policy Online. 

2012.  “Review Essay: The Dollar’s Future,” Perspectives on Politics, 10 (2): 542-45.

2000. “The Dilemmas of International Financial Regulation,” Regulation 23 (4): 36-39.

Administrative Positions and Service Activities 

Governing Council, International Studies Association, 2011 -  2013

Chair, IPE Section of the International Studies Association, 2010-2011 

IPE Program Chair, International Studies Association Annual Meetings, 2010. 

UNC Faculty Council, July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2009.

Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, July 1, 2001 to June 30 2006.

Chair of International Politics Field, Department of Political Science, 2001-2004; 2005-2007.