Michael Franczak

Michael Franczak

E-mail: michael.franczak@bc.edu

Office: Stokes Hall, Cubicle S370C

Dissertation Title: "American Foreign Policy in the North-South Dialogue, 1971-1982"

Faculty Advisors: James CroninSeth Jacobs

Curriculum Vitae


B.A. (2011) University of Michigan, High Distinction and Highest Honors in History

  • Thesis: “The United States, Great Britain, and the Formation of the Postwar Economic Order, 1941-1947”


I study U.S. foreign policy, international history, and economic history. My main area of interest is the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and international economics, especially within international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. I am also interested in the relationship between economic ideas and global governance, or how conceptions of economic growth, development, and justice are contested by individuals, states, and institutions.

In my dissertation I argue that in U.S. policy toward the New International Economic Order—a challenge by developing countries to the postwar consensus on global trade and finance— there is a robust debate about the role of the state that both precedes and prepares the way for neoliberalism’s international agenda, which has received less attention in literature on the rise of neoliberalism and U.S. foreign policy in the 1970s.