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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Panel: The Power of Money


Friday, April 25, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
Boston College

with Benjamin Cohen, University of California Santa Barbara; and Jonathan Kirshner, Cornell University


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Benjamin J. Cohen is Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been a member of the Political Science Department since 1991.  He was educated at Columbia University, earning a PhD in Economics in 1963.  He has worked as a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1962-1964) and previously taught at Princeton University (1964-1971) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1971-1991). A specialist in the political economy of international money and finance, he serves on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and is the author of fourteen books, including most recently Advanced Introduction to International Political Economy (2014). He has won numerous awards and in 2000 was named Distinguished Scholar of the year by the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association.


Jonathan Kirshner is the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Government at Cornell University.  He is the author of Currency and Coercion: The Political Economy of International Monetary Power, and Appeasing Bankers: Financial Caution on the Road to War, which won the best book award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. He has also edited the volumes Monetary Orders: Ambiguous Economics, Ubiquitous Politics and Globalization and National Security; and is the co-editor (with Eric Helleiner) of the volumes The Future of the Dollar, and The Great Wall of Money: Power and Politics in China‚Äôs International Monetary Relations.  His most recent books include Hollywood's Last Golden Age, and American Power after the Financial Crisis.  From Cornell University Kirshner is a recipient of the Provost's Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and the Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award.