Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Stephen Kaplan

Stephen B. Kaplan

Title — Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Office — Monroe 470

Phone — (202) 994-6680; Fax: (202) 994-7743

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

International and comparative political economy; political economy of global markets and development, politics of macroeconomic policymaking, and Latin American politics.


Ph.D., Yale University, 2009


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Professor Kaplan's research and teaching interests focus on the political economy of global finance and development, the politics of macroeconomic policymaking, and Latin American politics. The guiding question shaping Kaplan's research agenda is whether markets and democracy are compatible in an age of deepening financial globalization. Professor Kaplan joined the GWU faculty in the fall of 2010 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Kaplan worked as a senior economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, writing extensively on developing country economics, global financial market developments, and emerging market crises from 1998 to 2003.

His book, entitled Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (in the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series). The dissertation on which this book is based won the Mancur Olson Award from the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association (2010) for the best dissertation in the field of political economy completed in the previous two years. Employing a multi-method research strategy that includes country studies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Venezuela, the book investigates how relations between international creditors and national debtors affect economic policy choices. Beyond Latin America’s borders, he has also published on the politics of the Chinese exchange rate and central bank independence in Japan.