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Books and Journal Special Issues (student and former student co-authors indicated by *)


Banking on Beijing: The Aims and Impacts of China’s Overseas Development Program. Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks, and Austin Strange.* Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2021.

Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations. With Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers. Georgetown University Press. 2020.

“Special Issue on International Organizations and Development Finance” in Review of International Organizations, co-edited with Dan Nielson and Brad Parks. June 2017.

Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance. With Bradley C. Parks,* J. Timmons Roberts, and Robert L. Hicks. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Delegation and Agency in International Organizations. Co-edited with Darren Hawkins, David Lake and Daniel Nielson, Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Translated and published in Chinese in 2013). 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (student and former student co-authors indicated by *)


2021 Forthcoming. “Does Social Science Inform Foreign Policy? Evidence from a Survey of U.S. National Security, Trade, and Development Officials,” with Paul Avey, Mike Desch, Eric Parajon*, Ryan Powers, and Sue Peterson. International Studies Quarterly. 

2021 Forthcoming. “Trump’s Foreign Policy Was a Disaster. But Is the Damage Lasting?” With Emily Jackson* and Eric Parajon*. International Studies Perspectives. Forthcoming 2021.

2021. “Is Favoritism a Threat to Chinese Aid Effectiveness? A Subnational Analysis of Chinese Development Projects,” with Axel Dreher; Andreas Fuchs; Roland Hodler; Bradley Parks; Paul Raschky. World Development. 

2020. "Aid, China, and Growth," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. (with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks, and Austin Strange),

2019. “Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China's Foreign Assistance,” Journal of Development Economics. (with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley C. Parks, and Paul A. Raschky).

2019. “Policy-Relevant Publications and Tenure Decisions in International Relations.” PS. Political Science and Politics. (with Dan Maliniak and Sue Peterson).

2018. "Apples and and Dragon Fruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa." International Studies Quarterly. 62(1) (with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks, and Austin Strange). 

2018. “Is International Relations a Global Discipline? Hegemony, Insularity, and Diversity in the Study of International Relations.” Security Studies. 1-32 (with Dan Maliniak, Ryan Powers, and Sue Peterson).

2017. “Tracking Underreported Financial Flows: China’s Development Finance and the Aid-Conflict Nexus Revisited.” Journal of Conflict Resolution. 61(4): 935-963 (with Austin Strange, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, and Bradley Parks).

2017. “International Organizations and Development Finance.” Review of International Organization. 12(2) (with Daniel Nielson and Brad Parks).

2016. "Ground Truthing Chinese Development Finance in Africa: Field Evidnce from South Africa and Uganda." Journal of Development Studies. 52(6) (with Edwin Muchapondwa, Dan Nielson, Brad Parks, and Austin Strange).

2016. "The IR of the Beholder: Examining Global IR Using the 2014 TRIP Survey." International Studies Review. 18(1) (with Mariana Navarrete Morales, Nicholas J. Bell, and Wiebke Wemheuer-Vogelaar).

2015. “Knowledge Without Power: International Relations Scholars, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Iraq War.” International Politics. 52(1): 20-44 (with Sue Peterson, Dan Maliniak, and James Long).

2014. "Rising Powers and the Regime for Development Finance." International Studies Review.

2011. “More Dollars than Sense: Refining our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData.” World Development, Vol. 39, Number 11 (with Ryan Powers, Dan Nielson, Darren Hawkins, Timmons Roberts, Mike Findley, Brad Parks, Sven Wilson, and Rob Hicks).

2011. “International Relations in the U.S. Academy.” International Studies Quarterly, Volume 55, Number 2 (with Daniel Maliniak, Amy Oakes, and Susan Peterson).

2010. "The American School of International Political Economy." International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present, and Future. Routledge (with Daniel Maliniak). Edited by Nicola Phillips, and Catherine Weaver.

2009. “Controlling coalitions: Social lending at the multilateral development banks.” Review of International Organizations, Volume 4, Number 4: 407-433 (with Mona M. Lyne and Daniel L. Nielson).

2008. “Delegation Success and Policy Failure: Collective Delegation and the Search for Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Law and Contemporary Problems. Volume 71, Number 1: 283.

2008. “Women in International Relations.” Politics and Gender. Volume 4, Issue 1 (with Daniel Maliniak, Amy Oakes, and Susan Peterson).

2007. “Divided Discipline? Comparing Views of U.S. and Canadian IR Scholars.” International Journal. Volume 62, Number 2 (with Michael Lipson, Dan Maliniak, Amy Oakes, and Sue Peterson).

2006. “Bridging the Rationalist-Constructivist Divide: Re-engineering the Culture of the World Bank.” Journal of International Relations and Development. Volume 9, Number 2 (with Catherine Weaver and Daniel Nielson).

2005. “Theory, Data, and Hypothesis Testing: World Bank Environmental Reform Redux.” International Organization. Volume 59, Number 3 (with Dan Nielson).

2003. “Delegation to International Organizations: Agency Theory and World Bank Environmental Reform,” International Organization. Volume 57, Number 2, 2003 (with Dan Nielson). Reprinted in International Institutions In The New Global Economy. Vol. 6. L.L. Martin. The International Library Of Writings on the New Global Economy, Edward Elgar Publishers, New York. 2005. Also reprinted in International Environmental Politics. R. Mitchell. Sage Publishers, New York. 2008.
Book Chapters (student and former student co-authors indicated by *)

2020. “Explaining the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations: Uncertainty and Access,” with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Ryan Powers in Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations. Georgetown Univ. Press.

2020. “Supply and Demand Side Explanations for the Theory-Practice Divide,” with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Ryan Powers in Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations. Georgetown Univ. Press.

2019. “China’s Global Development Spending Spree: Winning the World One Yuan at a Time?” with Samantha Custer. Edited by Ashley Tellis. Strategic Asia 2018-19: Mapping China’s Expanding Strategic Ambitions. National Bureau of Asian Research.

2016. "Foreign Aid and Conflict: What we Know and Need to Know." Peace and Conflict 2016. Routledge Press (with Caroline Bergeron and Brad Parks).

2012. "International Activity: A More Sustainable Direction." Acting as if Tomorrow Matters. Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC (with John Dernbach, Brad Parks, and Timmons Roberts).

2010. “The American School of International Political Economy.” In International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present, and Future. Edited by Nicola Phillips and Catherine Weaver, Routledge.

2009. "Has Foreign Aid Been Greened?" Reprinted in Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics. Edited by Ken Conca and Geoff Debelko, Westview Press.

2006. “Delegation Under Anarchy: States, International Organizations, and Principal-Agent Theory.” Delegation and Agency in International Organizations. Cambridge University Press (with David Lake, Dan Nielson and Darren Hawkins).

2006. "Getting the Model Right: Single, Multiple, and Collective Principals in Development Aid." Delegation and Agency in International Organizations. Cambridge University Press (with Mona Lyne and Dan Nielson).

Policy Publications, Reports, and Book Reviews (student and former student co-authors indicated by *)

“Poll: Biden Gets High Marks for Foreign Policy,” with Irene Entringer, Alex Murphy, Susan Peterson, and Ryan Powers. ForeignPolicy.com, May 13, 2021.

“Foreign policy is Biden’s best bet for bipartisan action, experts say – but GOP is unlikely to join him on climate change.” with Josh Busby, Josh Kertzer, Jonathan Monten, Dina Smeltz, and Jordan Tama, The Conversation. December 9, 2020.

“Poll: How Biden and Trump Differ on Foreign Policy,” with Irene Entringer, Alex Murphy, Susan Peterson, and Ryan Powers. ForeignPolicy.com, October 22, 2020.

“Trump, COVID-19, and the Future of International Order,” with Helen Milner, Sue Peterson, Ryan Powers and Erik Voeten. ForeignPolicy.com, October 8, 2020.

“Beyond IR’s Ivory Tower,” with Cullen Hendrix, Julia MacDonald, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers. ForeignPolicy.com, September 28, 2020.

“What Foreign-Policy Experts Make of Trump’s Coronavirus Response,” with Emily Jackson*, Eric Parajon*, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers. ForeignPolicy.com, May 8, 2020.

“There Really is an Expert Consensus: Multilateralism Still Matters,” with Eric Parajon, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers. Lawfare, January 18, 2019.

“What Experts Make of Trump’s Foreign Policy,” with Eric Parajon*, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers. ForeignPolicy.com, December 7, 2018.

“How to Count What Counts: TIS the Season for Syllabi Metrics?” with Katie Paulson-Smith*. International Studies Quarterly Symposium, March 31, 2016.

“Who Will Make the Best Foreign Policy President?” with Dan Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Ryan Powers*. Foreign Policy.com, February 19, 2016.

“Will China, Iran, and Russia Cooperate With the United States?” with Dan Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Ryan Powers*. Foreign Policy.com, October 9, 2015.

“Is a Soccer Scandal More Scandalous if it Involves Putin?” with Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*. ForeignPolicy.com, June 22, 2015.

TRIP Snap Poll VI: IR Scholars React to Greece, Migration Crisis, Trade Agreements and FIFA, with Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, May 31, 2015.

“Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance,” (book review) Review of International Organizations, March 2015.

“Inside the Ivory Tower,” with Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*. Foreign Policy, Volume 45, Number 1, January/February issue, 2015.

TRIP Snap Poll V: IR Scholars React to Proposed Nuclear Agreement with Iran, with Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, Ryan Powers*, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, April 2015.

“Is the Iran Deal Good for Your Country’s National Security?” with Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*. ForeignPolicy.com, March 18, 2015.

TRIP Snap Poll IV: Ten Questions on Current Global Issues for International Relations Scholars, with Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, March 2015.

“How Likely is War with Russia in the Next 10 Years?” with Dan Maliniak, Ryan Powers*, and Sue Peterson. ForeignPolicy.com, January 28, 2015.

TRIP Snap Poll III: Seven Questions on Current Global Issues for International Relations Scholars, with Dan Maliniak, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, January 2015.

Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China’s Foreign Assistance, with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley C. Parks*, and Paul A. Raschky, AidData Working Paper No. 3, November 2014.

“Does Obama Need to Put Troops in Ukraine to Prove America is Tough?” with Dan Maliniak*, Ryan Powers*, and Sue Peterson. ForeignPolicy.com, June 2, 2014.

TRIP Snap Poll II: Ukraine, Trade, Aid, and Middle East, with Dan Maliniak*, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, June 2, 2014.

“Snap Poll: The View from the Ivory Tower,” with Dan Maliniak*, Ryan Powers*, and Sue Peterson. ForeignPolicy.com, March 7, 2014.

TRIP Snap Poll I: Nine Questions on Current Global Issues for International Relations Scholars, with Dan Maliniak*, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers*, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, March 7, 2014.

“Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows: China’s Development Finance and the Aid-Conflict Nexus Revisited,” with Austin M. Strange*, Bradley Parks, Andreas Fuchs, and Axel Dreher, Discussion Paper Series No. 553, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics. January 2014.

“Environmental and Climate Finance in a New World: How past environmental aid allocation impacts future climate aid,” with Christopher Marcoux, Bradley C. Parks*, Christian M. Peratsakis*, and J. Timmons Roberts, United Nations University Working Paper 2013/128, November 2013.

“China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection,” with Austin Strange*, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks*, and Vijaya Ramachandran. Center for Global Development Working Paper 323, April 29, 2013.

“Inside the Ivory Tower,” with Paul Avey, Mike Desch, James Long*, Dan Maliniak*, and Susan Peterson. Foreign Policy, Volume 42, Number 1, January/February issue, 2012.

TRIP Around the World: Teaching, Research, and Policy Views of International Relations Faculty in 20 Countries, with Dan Maliniak*, and Susan Peterson, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, May 2012.

“Inside the Ivory Tower,” with Dan Maliniak*, Amy Oakes, and Susan Peterson. Foreign Policy,Volume 39, Number 2, March/April issue, 2009.

One Discipline or Many? TRIP Survey of IR Faculty in Ten Countries, with Richard Jordan*, Dan Maliniak*, Amy Oakes, and Susan Peterson, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, August 2009.

“Schoolhouse Rock: Pedagogy, Politics, and Pop,” International Studies Perspectives, Volume 8, Number 1, February 2007.

“Inside the Ivory Tower,” with Dan Maliniak*, Amy Oakes, and Sue Peterson. Foreign Policy, Volume 37, Number 1, February/March 2007.

The View from the Ivory Tower: TRIP Survey of International Relations Faculty in the United States and Canada, with Dan Maliniak*, Amy Oakes, and Susan Peterson, W&M Program on the Theory and Practice of International Relations, February 2007.

“Inside the Ivory Tower,” with Susan Peterson and Dan Maliniak, Foreign Policy, Volume 35, Number 6, November/December 2005.

Teaching and Research Practices, Views on the Discipline, and Policy Attitudes of IR Faculty at U.S. Colleges and Universities, with Sue Peterson and Dan Maliniak*, Reves Center for International Studies, August 2005.

“Democratic Commitments: Legislatures and International Cooperation,” (book review) Journal of Politics, Volume 64, Number 3, August 2002.

Research Under Review or Revise & Resubmit (student co-authors indicated by *)


“The Cult of the Relevant: Policy Engagement Beyond the Ivory Tower,” with Cullen Hendrix, Julia MacDonald, Sue Peterson, and Ryan Powers.

“Connective Financing: Chinese Infrastructure Projects and the Diffusion of Economic Activity in Developing Countries,” with Richard Bluhm, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks, and Austin Strange.*

“Can Increasing Awareness of Gender Gaps in International Relations Help Close Them? Evidence from a Scholar Ranking Experiment” with Emily Jackson*, Dan Maliniak, Eric Parajon*, Ryan Powers, and Sue Peterson.

Papers in Preparation (student and former student co-authors indicated by *)

“Going it Alone vs Multilateralism(s): An Experimental Approach on Public Support for Military Intervention,” with Daniel Maliniak and Brittany Parowski.*

“The Unipolar Fallacy: Formal Rules, Heterogeneous Preferences, and the Limits of US Influence in the IMF and World Bank” with Mark Copelovitch, Dan Nielson, and Ryan Powers.

“What’s In a Citation? Engaged, Critical, and Drive by Citations,” with Lindsay Hundley* and Katie Paulson-Smith.*