Benjamin J. Cohen

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Distinguished Professor

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International Relations, International Political Economy

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1963

Louis Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy


Professor Cohen, a specialist in international political economy, joined the department in 1991. He previously taught at Princeton University from 1964-1971 and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 1971-1991.

His publications have addressed issues of international monetary relations, U.S. foreign economic policy, European monetary integration, developing country debt, and theories of economic imperialism. His newest book, The Future of Global Currency: The Euro versus the Dollar, was published by Routledge in December 2010.


"Toward a New Consensus: From Denial to Acceptance," in Nicola Phillips and Catherine Weaver, eds., International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2010).

"Are IPE Journals Becoming Boring?" International Studies Quarterly 54:3 (September 2010).

"A Grave Case of Myopia," International Interactions 35:4 (October 2009).

"Toward a Leaderless Currency System," in Eric Helleiner and Janathan Kirshner (eds.), The Future of the Dollar (Cornell University Press, 2009).

"The Future of Reserve Currencies," Finance and Development 46:3 (September 2009).

"Dollar Dominance, Euro Aspirations: Recipe for Discord?" Journal of Common Market Studies 46:4 (September 2009).

"The Multiple Traditions of American IPE," in Mark Blyth (ed.), Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (Routledge, 2009).

"A One-and-a-Half Currency System," (with Paola Subacchi), Journal of International Affairs 62:1 (Fall/Winter 2008). 

"Striking a Nerve," Review of International Political Economy 16:1 (February 2009).

"Sovereign Wealth Funds and National Security: The Great Tradeoff," International Affairs 85:4 (July 2009).

International Political Economy: An Intellectual History (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Global Monetary Governance (Routledge, 2008).

"The International Monetary System: Diffusion and Ambiguity," International Affairs 84:3 (May 2008).

"Enlargement and the International Role of the Euro," Review of International Political Economy 14:5 (December 2007).

"The Transatlantic Divide: Why Are American and British IPE so Different?" Review of International Political Ecomony 14:2 (May 2007).

The Future of the Dollar (ICFAI University Press, 2006).

"The Euro and Transatlantic Relations," in Thomas Ilgen, ed., Hard Power, Soft Power, and the Future of Transatlantic Relations (Ashgate, 2006).

"The Macrofoundations of Monetary Power," in David M. Andrews, ed., International Monetary Power (Cornell University Press, 2006).

"North American Monetary Union: A United States Perspective," Current Economics and Politics of Europe 17:1 (January 2006).

"Dollarization, Rest in Peace," International Journal of Political Economy 33:1 (Spring 2005).

The Future of Money (Princeton University Press, 2004).


PS 186

Introduction to International Political Economy

PS 226

Seminar on International Economics for Non-Economists

PS 270

Seminar on Theoretical Issues in International Political Economy

PS 273

Seminar on International Political Economy