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A widely regarded scholar of international relations and international political economy, Alan Cafruny is an expert on European politics, the European Union, and U.S. foreign policy including U.S.-European and U.S.-Russian relations.

He has published nine books and more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters, most recently The European Union and Global Capitalism:  Origins, Development, Crisis (with Magnus Ryner), 2017;  the Palgrave Handbook of Critical Political Economy (with Leila Talani and Gonzalo Pozo; Exploring the Global Financial Crisis (co-edited with Herman Schwartz, 2013); and Europe at Bay: In the Shadow of U.S. Hegemony (with Magnus Ryner, 2007). His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.

Recent Courses Taught

International Political Economy
European Politics
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Europe in World Affairs
U.S. Foreign Policy
International Law and Organization

Research Interests

  • International political economy
  • International relations: history and theory
  • Comparative politics: Europe
  • The European Union
  • International law and organization
  • U.S. foreign policy


  • Dean’s Scholarly Achievement Award, Career Scholarship, Hamilton College (2019)
  • Deans Scholarly Achievement Award, Notable Year Achievement, Hamilton College (2017)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
  • Europe at Bay shortlisted for 2008 IPEG Book Prize
  • Executive Committee (elected), European Union Studies Association
  • Class of 1963 Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Hamilton College
  • Henry Platt Bristol (endowed) Chair, Hamilton College
  • German Marshall Fund Fellowship
  • Graduate research fellowship, Cornell University
  • Institute for the Study of World Politics dissertation fellowship

Selected Publications

  • “EU ‘Sovereignty’ in Global Governance: The Case of  Sanctions (with Ksenia Kirkham)” in Leonid Grigoriev and Adrian Pabst, eds., Global Governance in Transition: Challenges for International Cooperation (New York:  Springer), 2020.
  • “German Ordo-Liberalism and the Future of the European Union”(with Leila Talani)  Critical Sociology, 45,3, May, 2019.
  • “Can the United States Contain China? Contradictions and Limitations of U.S. Trade Policy in the Trump Era and Beyond,” Russia in Global Affairs, 17(1) March-April, 2019.   
  • 2019, “The Left and Europe,” in Greg Albo and Leo Panitch, eds., Socialist Register 2019: A World Turned Upside Down? (London: The Merlin Press).
  • 2018, with Magnus Ryner, “Theories of Imperialism: Rivalries or Unity,” in Robert Jessop and Henk Overbeek, eds., Transnational Capital and Class Fractions: The Amsterdam  School Reconsidered (London: Routledge, R.I.P.E Series), forthcoming.
  •  2016, “The Transatlantic Imperium After the Global Financial Crisis: Atlanticism Fractured or Consolidated,” in Alan Cafruny, Leila Simona Talani, and Gonzalo Pozo Martin, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of International Political Economy (London: Palgrave MacMillan).
  • 2016, with Magnus Ryner, The European Union and Global Capitalism: Origins, Development, Crisis (London: Palgrave MacMillan)
  • 2016,  The Palgrave Handbook of Critical International Political Economy (co-edited with Leila Talani and Gonzalo Pozo (Palgrave MacMillan).
  • 2013, ed. with Herman Schwartz, Exploring the Global Financial Crisis, Advances in International Political Economy, Volume 18 (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner).
  • 2003, ed. with Magnus Ryner, A Ruined Fortress? Neoliberal Hegemony and Transformation in Europe (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield).
  • 2007, with Magnus Ryner,  Europe at Bay: In the Shadow of U.S. Hegemony (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers).
  • 1987, Ruling the Waves: The Political Economy of International Shipping (Berkeley: University of California Press).
  • 2015, “Europe’s Double Crisis” Russia in Global Affairs, Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, Volume 1, February.
  • 2015, “Europe’s Twin Crises: The Logic and Tragedy of Contemporary German Power,” Valdai Papers, #10, Valdai Discussion Club, January.
  • 2015, “Hegemonic Stability: Origins and Development of the Concept” (with Herman Schwartz) in Cafruny and Schwartz, Power and Leadership in the Global Political Economy.
  • 2015, “European Integration Studies, the EMU, and the Resilience of Neoliberalism in Europe: Postmortem on a Crisis Foretold” Competition and Change: The Journal of Global Business and Political Economy, Volume 18, No. 2. April.
  • 2015, “The European Crisis and the Rise of German Power” in Johannes Jager and Elisabeth Springler, co-editors, Asymmetric Crisis in Europe and Possible Futures: Critical Political Economy and Post-Keynesian Perspectives, RIPE Series on the Global Political Economy (London: Routledge), forthcoming.
  • 2013, with Timothy Lehmann, “Historical Materialism, Imperialist Rivalry, and the Iraq War” in Jennifer Sterling-Folker, ed., Making Sense of International Relations Theory Lynne, Rienner.   
  • 2013, with Leila Simona Talani, “The Crisis of the Eurozone” in Cafruny and Schwartz, Exploring the Global Financial Crisis.
  • 2012, with Magnus Ryner, “The Global Financial Crisis and the European Union: The Irrelevance of Integration Theory and the Pertinence of Critical Political Economy” in P. Nousios, H. Overbeek, and A. Tsokalis, eds., Globalisation and European Integration (London: Routledge, 2012). 
  • 2012, with Timothy Lehmann, “Over the Horizon?”  New Left Review 73, January-February. 
  • 2011, with Magnus Ryner “The Tragedy of the Euro and the Crisis of European Integration Theory” Perspectives on Europe: Journal of the Council for European Studies, 41,2, autumn.
  • 2010, “The Global Financial Crisis and the Crisis of European Neoliberalism” in Leila Talani, ed., The Global Crash (London: Palgrave MacMillan).
  • 2009, “Critical Political Economy” (with Magnus Ryner) in Antje Wiener and Thomas Diez, eds., European Integration Theory, 2nd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

College Service

Chair, Department of Government, 1996-2004

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., Cornell University
M.Sc., University of London
B.A., Kenyon College

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