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University of Texas at Austin
multinational corporations, FDI, trade treaties, investment treaties, sovereign debt
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About Me

International political economy

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

The politics of multinational corporations

Sovereign debt

International investment and trade treaties

Native American economic development


Recent Publications

The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms (Cambridge University Press 2015)

“Under One Roof: Supply Chains and the Protection of Foreign Investment.” (with Leslie Johns) American Political Science Review 2016 (Forthcoming).

“Recent Trends in Investor-State Dispute Settlement.”Journal of International Dispute Settlement 7(1): 117-135. 2016.

“Bondholders v. Direct Investors? Competing Responses to Expropriation.” International Studies Quarterly 59(4): 750-764. 2015.

Media Coverage

Media interviews: National Public Radio “All Things Considered,” National Geographic, LA Times, TIME Magazine, Moyers & Company, among others.

Read how states are vulnerable to aggrieved foreign investors even when they win favorable international legal rulings: Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” (27 April 2016).

Read what international investment law means for environmental issues: National Geographic (5 November 2015) and Moyers & Co (8 January 2016).

Read why international treaties enabling foreign firms to sue governments over property rights violations matter for the United States: Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” (30 November 2015) and LA Times (19 August 2015).

Read about Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” (26 March 2015) and NPR’s “All Things Considered” (28 October 2015).

Read an application of my book’s arguments to contemporary Ukraine: Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” (26 March 2014).


Country Focus
Eastern Europe

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