Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, Santa Barbara (since 1991).
Department of Political Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9420
Telephone: (805) 570-4199
Home page: polsci.ucsb.edu/people/benjamin-j-cohen
Date and Place of Birth: June 5, l937; Ossining, New York.
Marital Status: Married. Citizenship: U.S.A.
B.A., Columbia University, l959.
Ph.D. Economics, Columbia University, l963.
Previous Appointments (full-time):
1962-1964: Economist, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (33 Liberty Street, New York, New York l0045).
1964-1971: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey 08540).
1971-1978: Associate Professor of International Economic Affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155).
1978-1991: William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155).
Previous Appointments and Activities (part-time):
Lecturer, International School of America, l965-l966.
Visiting Research Professor, University College London, l968-l969.
Visiting Research Associate, Atlantic Institute for International Affairs, l975-l976; summer l978; summer l979.
Visiting Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Spring Semester, l979.
Director, Program in International Business Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, l979-l983.
Resident Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New York, January-March l980.
Faculty Chairman, Salzburg Global Seminars (Salzburg, Austria), April l980; May 1987.
Visiting Lecturer, Foreign Service Institute (Mid-Level Officers' Professional Development Program), l982-1987.
Director, Study Group on International Banking and U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, l983-l984.
Senior Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, l984-l985.
Volunteer Speaker, United States Information Agency: Japan (February l975); Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia (July-August, l976); Germany, Poland (November l976); Belgium (March l977); Afghanistan, India (July-August l977); Iran, Pakistan, Sweden (April l978); Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia (July l978); Italy (October l978); Spain (January 1979); Britain (March l979); Ireland (June l979); Israel, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan (April-May l980); Spain (October l98l); Israel (August l982); France, Germany (December l983); Argentina, Brazil, Mexico (May-June l984); Peru (1989); Australia (1991); Argentina, Brazil (1992).
Visiting Lecturer, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing) and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, May-June l986.
Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina, Fall Semester, 1987.
Visiting Lecturer, Center for International Development Studies (Lisbon, Portugal), November 1988, April 1989.
Visiting Lecturer, University of the Andes (Bogota, Colombia), June 1989.
Visiting Professor, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) (Paris), March 2003, May 2006, May 2007, May 2008.
Faculty member, Salzburg Global Seminars, September 2007; April 2009.
Chair Professor of International Political Economy, National Chung-Hsing University (Taichung, Taiwan), 2011.
Editor, Political Economy of International Relations Series, Basic Books, Inc., l970-l977.Member, Editorial Board, International Organization, l975-l98l, l983-1989, 1991-1996, 1998-2003, 2005-2010. Now permanently listed as a Senior Advisor.
Contributing Editor, Worldview, l983-l985.
Member, Editorial Board, World Politics, 1994-1999.
Member, Editorial Board, Review of International Political Economy, 1996 - present.
Member, Editorial Board, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, 1999-2005.
Member, Advisory Board, Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy, 2005-2009.
Member, Editorial Board, Economic and Political Studies (Renmin University), 2016-2018
Institute for Policy Studies, l969.
U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Intelligence and Research), l97l-l977.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Cabinet of the Secretary General), l976-77.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Interfutures Project), l977-l978.
U.S. Department of Treasury (Office of the Under Secretary for Monetary Affairs), l977-l978.
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Development Report), l979.
International Monetary Fund (Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four on International Monetary Affairs), l980.
U.S. Department of State (Agency for International Development), l98l.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Technical Cooperation Service), l984.
New York State Regents Scholarship, l955-l959.
Phi Beta Kappa, l959.
A.B. Magna Cum Laude, l959.
New York State Regents College Teaching Fellowship, l959-l96l.
Columbia University Scholarships, l959-l960, l960-l96l.
Fels Fund Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, l96l-l962.
Columbia University International Economics Workshop, Summer Research Grant, l962.
Council on Foreign Relations, International Affairs Fellowship, l968-l969.
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Conflict in International Relations Program, l975-l976.
Ford Foundation Research Grant, l978-l980.
Ford Foundation Research Grant, l983-l984.
Council on Foreign Relations, Whitney H. Shepardson Fellowship, l984-l985.
Fulbright Fellowship, December 1991.
Distinguished Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, November 1993.
Distinguished Scholar, International Studies Association, 2000
Society for Women in International Political Economy (SWIPE) Mentor Award, 2014
Globalization Book of the Year (“Globie”), awarded by the Capital Ebbs and Flows Blog, 2015
American Economic Association
American Political Science Association
Council on Foreign Relations
International Studies Association
Balance-of-Payments Policy (London and Baltimore: Penguin Books, l969).
[Portuguese-language edition: Rio de Janeiro, Zahar Editores, l976]
[Spanish-language edition: Mexico City, Editores Associados, l977]
[Special edition in simplified English: United States International Communications Agency, Current Thought Series, l979; subsequently published in Thai, Korean, and Arabic translations]
Organizing the World's Money: The Political Economy of International Monetary Relations (New York: Basic Books, l977).
[British edition: Macmillan Ltd., l978]
[Spanish-language edition: Mexico City, Fondo de Cultura Economica, l98l]
Banks and the Balance of Payments: Private Lending in the International Adjustment Process, in collaboration with Fabio Basagni (Montclaire, New Jersey: Allenheld Osmun for the Atlantic Institute for International Affairs, l981).
[British edition: Croom Helm, l98l]
[Italian-language edition: Bologna, Il Mulino, l982]
In Whose Interest? International Banking and American Foreign Policy (New Haven, CT and London, England: Yale University Press for the Council on Foreign Relations, l986).
[Spanish-language edition: Mexico City, Editorial Limusa, 1990]
Crossing Frontiers: Explorations in International Political Economy (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1991).
The Geography of Money (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1998).
[Korean-language edition: Seoul, ShiYu Shi Publishing, 1999]
[Japanese-language edition: Tokyo, Springer Verlag Tokyo, 2000]
[Chinese-language edition: Southwest Financial University Press, 2004]
[Portuguese-language edition: Editora ENESP (Brazil), 2015]
The Future of Money (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004).
The Future of the Dollar (Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press, 2006).
Global Monetary Governance (London and New York: Routledge, 2008).
International Political Economy: An Intellectual History (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008).
The Future of Global Currency: The Euro versus the Dollar (London: Routledge, 2011).
Advanced Introduction to International Political Economy (London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).
Currency Power: Understanding Monetary Rivalry (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015).
[Chinese-language edition: China CITIC Press, forthcoming]
Books (edited or co-edited):
American Foreign Economic Policy: Essays and Comments (New York: Harper and Row, l968). [editor and contributor]
The International Political Economy of Monetary Relations (London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 1993). [editor and contributor]
International Trade and Finance: New Frontiers for Research, Essays in Honor of Peter B. Kenen (New York, Cambridge University Press, 1997). [editor and contributor]
Issues and Agents in International Political Economy: An INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Reader, edited with Charles Lipson (MIT Press, 1999).
Theory and Structure in InternationalPolitical Economy: An INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Reader, edited with Charles Lipson (MIT Press, 1999).
International Monetary Relations in the New Global Economy, two volumes (London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004). [editor and contributor]
International Political Economy (London: Ashgate, 2005). [editor]
International Political Economy, four volumes (London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011). [editor and contributor]
Power in a Changing World Economy: Lessons from East Asia, edited with Eric M.P. Chiu (London: Routledge, 2014).
Adjustment Costs and the Distribution of New Reserves, Princeton Studies in International Finance, No. l8 (Princeton: International Finance Section, l966).
The Reform of Sterling, Princeton Essays in International Finance, No. 77 (Princeton: International Finance Section, l969).
Commercial Policy, General Learning Press Module in Economics (Morristown, New Jersey: General Learning Press, l974).
The European Monetary System: An Outsider's View, Princeton Essays in International Finance, No. l42 (Princeton: International Finance Section, l98l).
Developing-Country Debt: A Middle Way, Princeton Essays in International Finance, No. 173 (Princeton: International Finance Section, 1989).
The Financial Support Fund of the OECD: A Failed Initiative, Princeton Essays in International Finance, No. 204 (Princeton, International Finance Section, 1997).
Life at the Top: International Currencies in the Twenty-First Century, Princeton Essays in International Economics, No. 221 (Princeton, International Economics Section, 2000).
"Foreign Economic Aid," "Foreign Exchange," and "International Trade," annual contributions to Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, Inc.), l968-l975.
"Foreign Trade," "Free Trade and Protection," "Tariffs," and "Tariffs, United States," in Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, Inc., l972).
"Stabilization Policies in a Dependent Economy: Comment," in Emil Claassen and Pascal Salin (eds.), Stabilization Policies in Interdependent Economies (Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Co., l972).
"The United Kingdom as an Exporter of Capital," in Fritz Machlup, Walter S. Salant, and Lorie Tarshis (eds.), International Mobility and Movement of Capital (New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, l972).
"On United States 'Imperialism'," in James H. Weaver (ed.), Modern Political Economy: Radical and Orthodox Views on Crucial Issues (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, l973).
"The Historical Setting: Comments," in Lawrence B. Krause and Walter S. Salant (eds.), European Monetary Unification and Its Meaning for the United States (Washington: Brookings Institution, l974).
"The Revolution in Atlantic Economic Relations: A Bargain Comes Unstuck," in W.F. Hanrieder (ed.), The United States and Western Europe: Political, Economic and Strategic Perspectives (Cambridge, MA: Winthrop Publishers, l974).
"International Reserves and Liquidity," in Peter B. Kenen (ed.), International Trade and Finance: Frontiers for Research (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, l975).
"Major Issues of World Monetary Reform," in Critical Choices for Americans, Vol. 5, Trade, Inflation and Ethics (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, l976).
"Mixing Oil and Money," in J.C. Hurewitz (ed.), Oil, the Arab-Israel Dispute, and the Industrial World: Horizons of Crisis (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, l976).
"Problems of Organizing the International Monetary Order," in Fabio Basagni (ed.), International Monetary Relations After Jamaica, Atlantic Papers, 4/l986 (Paris: Atlantic Institute for International Affairs, l976).
"Great Britain," in Wilfrid F. Kohl (ed.), Economic Foreign Policies of Industrial States (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, l977).
"The European Monetary System in the Broader Setting of the Community's Economic and Political Development: Comments," in Philip H. Trezise (ed.) The European Monetary System: Its Promise and Prospects (Washington: Brookings Institution, l979).
"United States Monetary Policy and Economic Nationalism," in Otto Hieronymi (ed.), The New Economic Nationalism (London: Macmillan, l980).
Contributor to dialogue recorded in Randall Hinshaw (ed.), Domestic Goals and Financial Interdependence: The Frankfurt Dialogue (New York and Basle: Marcel Dekker, l980).
Contributor to roundtable discussion recorded in Wilfrid L. Kohl and Giorgio Basevi (eds.), West Germany: A European and Global Power (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, l980).
"The EMS, the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System -- An American View," in Giorgio Basevi and Wilfrid L. Kohl (eds.), The Political Economy of the European Monetary System: A Conference Report, Occasional Paper No. 31 (Bologna, Italy: Johns Hopkins University Research Institute, l980).
"Balancing the System in the l980s: Private Banks and the IMF," in Gary Clyde Hufbauer (ed.), The International Framework for Money and Banking in the l980s (Washington: International Law Institute, l981).
"Three Challenges for Better International Monetary Management," in Gregory Flynn (ed.), Economic Interests in the l980s: Convergence or Divergence?, Atlantic Papers, No. 44-45 (Paris: Atlantic Institute for International Affairs, l982). [This paper was published under the same title in Fletcher Forum, Vol. 6, No. 6 (Summer l982), and under the title "L’avenir du système monétaire international" in Politique Étrangère, No. l (March l980).]
"Balance-of-Payments Financing: Evolution of a Regime," in Stephen D. Krasner (ed.), International Regimes (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, l983). [This volume was first published as a special issue of International Organization, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Spring l982).]
"An Explosion in the Kitchen? Economic Relations with Other Advanced Industrial States," in Kenneth Oye, Robert Lieber, and Donald Rothchild (eds.), Eagle Defiant: United States Foreign Policy in the l980s (Boston: Little Brown, l983).
"High Finance, High Politics," in Richard E. Feinberg and Valeriana Kallab (eds.), Uncertain Future: Commercial Banks and Third World Debt (New Brunswick, NJ: Transactions Books for the Overseas Development Council, l984).
"Politics, Trade and Money: Comment," in Loukas Tsoukalis (ed.), Europe, America and the World Economy (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, l986).
"International Debt and Linkage Strategies: Some Foreign-Policy Implications for the United States," in Miles Kahler (ed.), The Politics of International Debt (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, l986). [This chapter was first published in International Organization, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Autumn l985).]
"An Explosion in the Kitchen? Economic Relations with Other Advanced Industrial States," in Kenneth Oye, Robert Lieber, and Donald Rothchild (eds.), Eagle Resurgent? The Reagan Era in American Foreign Policy (Boston: Little Brown, 1987). [This chapter updates an earlier version published under the same title in Eagle Defiant (1983).]
"Implications of the European Monetary System for Developing Nations," in Sidney Dell (ed.), The International Monetary System and its Reform, Papers prepared for the Group of Twenty-Four, Part I (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1987).
"Global Debt: Why is Cooperation So Difficult?," in Paolo Guerrieri and Pier-Carlo Padoan (eds.), The Political Economy of International Cooperation (London: Croom Helm, 1988).
"European Financial Integration and National Banking Interests," in Pier-Carlo Padoan and Paolo Guerrieri (eds.), The Political Economy of European Integration (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989).
"LDC Debt: Toward a Genuinely Cooperative Solution," in Omar Hamouda, Robin Rowley, and Bernard Wolf (eds.), The Future of the International Monetary System: Change, Coordination or Instability? (London: Edward Elgar, 1989).
"LDC Debt: Is Activism Required?," in Graham Bird (ed.), Third World Debt: The Search for a Solution (London: Edward Elgar, 1989).
"The Brady Plan: Good News and Bad," in Mojmir Mrak (ed.), External Debt Problem: Current Issues and Perspectives (Ljubljana, Yugoslavia: Centre for International Cooperation and Development, 1989).
"North American Policy Toward the International Credit Organizations," in Roberto Bouzas and Roberto Russell (eds.), Estados Unidos and la Transition Argentina (Buenos Aires: Legasa, 1990).
"Debt and the International Financial System from the Perspective of the United States," in Eduardo Ferrero Costa (ed.), La Reinsercion del Peru en el Sistema Financiero Internacional (Lima: CEPEI, 1990).
"Towards a Mosaic Economy: Relations with Other Advanced Industrial Nations," in Kenneth A. Oye, Robert J. Lieber, and Donald Rothchild (eds.), Eagle in a New World: American Grand Strategy in the Post-Cold War Era (New York: Harper Collins, 1992).
"U.S. Debt Policy in Latin America: The Melody Lingers On," in Robert Bottome et al., In the Shadow of the Debt: Emerging Issues in Latin America (New York: Twentieth Century Fund, 1992).
"Currency Areas" and "Sterling Area" in Peter Newman, Murray Milgate, and John Eatwell (eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance (London: Macmillan; and New York: Stockton, 1992).
"The Triad and the Unholy Trinity: Lessons for the Pacific Region," in Richard A. Higgott, Richard Leaver, and John Ravenhill (eds.), Pacific Economic Relations in the 1990s: Conflict or Cooperation? (Sydney: Allen and Unwin and Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1993).
"Critical Questions on the Future Role of the ECU," in Leonce Bekemans and Loukas Tsoukalis (eds.), Europe and Global Economic Interdependence (Brussels: European Interuniversity Press, 1993).
"Beyond EMU: The Problem of Sustainability," in Barry Eichengreen and Jeffry A. Frieden (eds.), The Political Economy of European Monetary Unification (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994). [This essay was first published as part of a special issue of Economics and Politics, Vol. 5, No. 2 (July 1993).]
"'Return to Normalcy'? Global Economic Policy at the End of the Century," in Robert J. Lieber (ed.), Eagle Adrift: American Foreign Policy at the End of the Century (New York: Longman, 1996).
"Gulliver o Lilliputiense? Los Estados Unidos en la Economia Mundial de Hoy" ("Gulliver or Lilliputian? The United States in the World Economy Today"), in Roberto Bouzas and Roberto Russell (eds.), Globalizacion y Regionalismo en las Relaciones Internacionales de Estados Unidos (Buenos Aires: Grupo Editor Latinamericano, 1996).
"La Dinámica de las Relaciones Económicas: Viviendo con el Elefante" ("The Dynamics of Economic Relations: Living with the Elephant"), in Felipe A.M. de la Balze and Eduardo A. Roca (eds.), Argentina y EE UU.: Fundamentos de una Nueva Allianza (Buenos Aires: Asociación de Bancos de la República Argentina, 1996).
"Dollar Diplomacy," "International Debt," and "Third World Debt," in Bruce W. Jentleson and Thomas G. Paterson (eds.), Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations (1997).
"The Political Economy of Currency Regions," in Edward D. Mansfield and Helen V. Milner (eds.), The Political Economy of Regionalism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).
"Optimum Currency Area Theory: Bringing the Market Back In," in Benjamin J. Cohen (ed.), International Trade and Finance: New Frontiers for Research (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
"When Giants Clash: The OECD Financial Support Fund and the IMF,” in Vinod D. Aggarwal (ed.), Institutional Designs fora Complex World (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998).
"The New Geography of Money," in Emily Gilbert and Eric Helleiner (eds.), Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies (New York and London: Routledge, 1999).
“Marketing Money: Currency Policy in a Globalized World,” in Aseem Prakash and Jeffrey A. Hart (eds.), Coping with Globalization (New York and London: Routledge, 2000).
“Money in a Globalized World,” in Ngaire Woods (ed.), The Political Economy of Globalization (London: Macmillan, 2000).
“Taming the Phoenix? Monetary Governance After the Crisis,” in Greg Noble and John Ravenhill (eds.), The Asian Financial Crisis and the Structure of Global Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
“Money and Power in World Politics,” in Thomas C. Lawton, James N. Rosenau, and Amy C. Verdun (eds.), Strange Power: Shaping the Parameters of International Relations and International Political Economy (Ashgate, 2000).
“La Política de las Uniones Monetarias: Reflexiones para el Mercosur,” in Jorge Carrera and Federico Sturzenegger (eds.), Coordinación de Políticas Macroeconómicas en el Mercosur (Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000).
“Beyond EMU: The Problem of Sustainability,” in Barry Eichengreen and Jeffry Frieden (eds.), The Political Economy of European Monetary Unification, second edition (Westview, 2001).
“Containing Backlash: Foreign Economic Policy in an Age of Globalization,” in Robert J. Lieber (ed.), Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the 21st Century (2001).