Curriculum Vitae

Professor in Political Science

Department of Government
London School of Economics
Houghton Street

Office Ph: 020 7955 7187
Office Fax: 020 7955 6352

Date of birth:June 5, 1961
Citizenship: American & British


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
    • PhD Dissertation Prize for 1990-1991, Western Political Science Association
    • Qualified with Distinction, Soviet Studies Minor, UCLA, 1987
  • Master of Arts, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1987
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Boise State University, 1984
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Top Ten Scholar, 1983-84


  • STICERD Grant, for “Interviews with Members of Congress and FOMC Members, on US Monetary Policy (1976-2008)”, 2010
  • STICERD Grant, for research on “Deliberating Monetary Policy”, 2008
  • STICERD Grant, for research on “Central Bankers and Big Ideas: Independence, Credibility, Uncertainty and Measurement in FOMC Transcripts”, 2005
  • WebCT Grant, LSE Teaching and Learning Centre, 2003
  • STICERD Grant, for research on “Themes in Parliamentary Speeches on Trade Policy, 1814-1846”, 2001
  • Nuffield Foundation Grant, for research on "Ideas and Interests in 19th Century Parliamentary Debates on Trade Policy," 1999
  • STICERD Grant, for research on “The Politicization of Trade Theory in 19th Century Britain”, 1998
  • STICERD Grants, for Public Choice Colloquium Series, 1993/4, 1994/5
  • Graham Fellowship, Political Science Department, UCLA, 1988
  • Center for International and Strategic Affairs Grant, UCLA, 1988
  • National Resource Fellowship in East European Area Studies, UCLA, 1985
  • Founding President of XI CHI Chapter, Pi Sigma Alpha (American Political Science National Honor Society), 1984



Deliberating American Monetary Policy: A Textual Analysis (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013)

(with Mark Duckenfield, Gordon Bannerman and Anthony Howe), Battles over Free Trade: Anglo-American Experiences with International Trade, 1776-2006 (London: Pickering and Chatto Publishers, 2008)

From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas and Institutions in Historical Perspective (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006)

(with Fiona McGillivray, Iain McLean, and Robert Pahre) International Trade and Political Institutions: Instituting Trade in the Long 19th Century (London: Edward Elgar, 2001)

(ed. & with introduction) The Rise of Free Trade (London: Routledge, 1997)
in four volumes:

  • Protectionism and Its Critics, 1815-1837;
  • Assault on the Corn Laws, 1838-1846;
  • Era of Freer Trade, 1849-1904;
  • Free Trade Reappraised: The New Secondary Literature.

(ed. & with introduction) Free Trade:The Repeal of the Corn Laws (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 1996).

Major journal articles

(with Nora Y. Osman, Jessica L. Walling, Joel T. Katz and Erik K. Alexander) “Textual Analysis of Internal Medicine Residency Personal Statements: Themes and Gender Differences,” Medical Education (2014, in press)

(with Edward Yager and Saadi Lahlou) “Yes, Ronald Reagan’s Rhetoric was Unique-But Statistically, How Unique?” Presidential Studies Quarterly (September 2012)

(with Andrew Bailey) “Does Deliberation Matter in FOMC Monetary Policymaking? The Volcker Revolution of 1979,” Political Analysis, 16, 4 (October 2008), 404-427

“The Congressional Debate On Partial-Birth Abortion: Constitutional Gravitas And Moral Passion,” British Journal of Political Science 38 (July 2008), 383-410

“Measuring Ideas More Effectively: An Analysis of Bush and Kerry’s National Security Speeches,” PS: Political Science and Politics, XXXVIII, 4 (October 2005), 701-711

“Ideology, Party and Interests in the British Parliament of 1841-1847,” British Journal of Political Science, 33 (October 2003), 581-605.

"Parties and Interests in the 'Marriage of Iron and Rye'," British Journal of Political Science, 28 (April 1998), 291-330.

"Linking Constituency Interests to Legislative Voting Behavior:The Role of District Economic and Electoral Composition in the Repeal of the Corn Laws," Parliamentary History, 13, 1, (1994), 86-118.

"Specific Factors, Capital Markets, Portfolio Diversification and Free Trade: Domestic Determinants of the Repeal of the Corn Laws,"World Politics, 43, 4 (July 1991), 545-567.

"Lessons in Lobbying for Free Trade from 19th Century Britain: To Concentrate or Not,"American Political Science Review, 85, 1 (March 1991), 37-58.

Electronic Media

“Ideas and Interests in Parliamentary Debates on Trade Policy, 1814-1846” a CD-ROM (400 megabytes) of selected British Parliamentary Debates, with an introduction and Table of Contents with links to specific debates, (Bell & Howell Multimedia, 1999).

Chapters in books
“Interests, Ideology and Politics:Agricultural Trade Policy in Nineteenth Century Britain and Germany,” in Andrew Marrison, ed., Free Trade and Its Reception, 1815-1960 (London: Routledge, 1998)

"Linkages between Industrialisation and the Liberalisation of Agricultural Trade:Britain, Germany and Japan," in Joni Lovenduski and Jeffrey Stanyer, eds., Contemporary Political Studies 1995, Vol. I,(Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, 1995), 21-33.

With Andrew Bailey, "The Buck in Your Bank is Not a Vote for Free Trade:The Effect of Financial Intermediation on Trade Preferences," in Desmond King and Keith Dowding, eds., Preferences, Institutions and Rational Choice,(Oxford University Press, 1995), 179-210.

"Linking ConstituencyInterests to Legislative Voting Behavior:The Role of District Economic and Electoral Composition in the Repeal of the Corn Laws," (see also Major Journal Articles) in John Phillips, Computing Parliamentary History:From George III to Victoria, (Edinburgh University Press, 1994), 86-118.

With Martin Bulmer and Aubrey McKennell, "Training in Quantitative Methods for Postgraduate Social Scientists:The View From the Other Side of the Fence," in Robert G. Burgess, ed., Postgraduate Education and Training in the Social Sciences: Processes and Prospects,(London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1994), 182-203.

Minor articles

"Is There a Single 'Right' Way to Study Political Text?" MethodsNews: Newsletter from the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (Summer 2012, Article 2)

Review of Carsten Daugbjerg and Alan Swinbank, Ideas, Institutions, & Trade: The WTO & the Curious Role of EU Farm Policy in Trade Liberalization [West European Politics, 34, 2, 434-5 (2011]

Review of Robert Pahre, Politics and Trade Cooperation in the Nineteenth Century: The “Agreeable Customs” of 1815-1914 [Economic History Review (May 2009)]

Review of Walter Russell Mead, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World [Journal of American History (June 2008)]

Review of Lance LeLoup, Parties, Rules and the Evolution of Congressional Budgeting [Journal of Legislative Studies, June 2007: 328-329]

“Trade Policy,” in R.J. Barry Jones, ed., Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 1864

Review of Kevin H. O’Rourke & Jeffrey G. Williamson, Globalization and History: The Evolutionofa Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy [Journal of American History (September 2000)]

“Richard Cobden” and “John Bright”, Dictionary of Liberal Biography (Liberal Democrat History Group & Liberal Democrat Publications, 1998)

Review of Michael Lusztig, Risking Free Trade [American Politics Review (1997)]

Review of James Vernon, Politics and the People [Journal of Economic History (March 1995), 172-173].

Review of Sharyn O'Halloren, Politics, Process, and American Trade Policy [AmericanPoliticsReview (1995)]

"Literature Review: The Uruguay Round, the European Union, and Regionalization of Trade", Newsletter of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section in Comparative Politics(Winter, 1994) 5, 1, 15-16.

With Martin Bulmer, Wendy Sykes, Aubrey McKennell, "The Profession of Social Research in Britain",in Wendy Sykes, Martin Bulmer and Marleen Schwerzel, Directory of Social Research Organisations in the UK (London: Mansell, 1993),5-13.

With Martin Bulmer and Aubrey McKennell,"What Researchers Think about Postgraduate Training in Quantitative Methods",Social Research Association Newsletter (May 1993), 10-13.


"Explanations and Accountability: Deliberation in UK Parliamentary Committees"

"Monetary Policy Oversight in Comparative Perspective: Britain and America During the Financial Crisis"

"A Textual Analysis of the Language and Content of Medical Students' Personal Statements from applicants to US Residency Training Programs" 
Authors:  Nora Osman, MD; Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, PhD; Jessica Walling, BA; Erik Alexander, MD
(Department of Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and London School of Economics and Political Science)


Professor Department of Government, LSE 2014-
Reader Department of Government, LSE 2007-2014
Sr. Lecturer Department of Government, LSE 2001-2007
Lecturer Department of Government, LSE 1992-2001
Lecturer (Short Courses in Research Methods): Essex Summer School (1993);
Institute of Historical Research, University of London (1994)
Lecturer Department of International Relations, Keele University, 1991-1992
Res. OfficerDepartment of Social Science & Admin., LSE, 1989-1991
Teaching Asst.Department of Political Science, UCLA, 1985-1989
Tutor Academic Advancement Program, UCLA, 1984-1985


Politics of Money, Finance and Trade (3rd year Undergraduate, LSE)
Legislative Politics: US (Graduate, LSE)
American Politics (Undergraduate & Graduate, LSE)
Politics of Economic Policy (Undergraduate & Graduate, LSE)
Quantitative Research Methods (Graduate, LSE)
Voters, Parties and Elections (Undergraduate, LSE)
Pol. Econ.& Institutional Analysis PhD Workshop (LSE)
American Foreign Policy (Keele)
Foreign Policy, (Keele)
International Society, (Keele)
International Conflict, (Keele)
International Cooperation, (Keele)
Foreign Policy, (Keele)


Christopher Gandrud, “Knowing the Unknowns: Financial Policymaking in Uncertainty” (2012)

Jessica Templeton, “Framing Elite Policy Discourses: Science and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants” (2012)

Christina Lin, “National Defense and Global Industries: Ideas, Interests, and an Institutional Approach to American Defense Industrial Base Policy, 1981-2000” (2004)

Heidi Ullrich, “The Impact of Policy Networks in the GATT Uruguay Round: The Case of the US-EC Agricultural Negotiations (2002)

Duncan Fraser, “Long-wave Economics and the Changing Fortunes of the Political and Social Movements of the Left and Right” (2002)

Fabio Franchino, “Executive and Bureaucratic Politics in the European Union: Bureaucratic Preferences, Executive Discretion and Procedural Control of the European Commission” (2000)

[two further students completing in 2014]


  • Member, LSE IT Advisory Board, 2013-
  • Member, British Government @ LSE Steering Group 2010-
  • Member, Government Dept. Research Committee 2010-
  • MSc Coordinator, Government Department, 2007-2009
  • Member, STICERD Steering Committee, 2005-2006
  • Representative, Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee, 2002-2004
  • Representative, Undergraduate Studies Subcommittee, 2002-2004
  • MSc Convenor, Public Policy and Public Administration MSc Programme, 1999-2002, & 2006-2007
  • Representative, LSE Information Systems Planning Committee, 1996-1998
  • Representative, Government Department IT, 1994-present
  • Chair, Government Department Academic Visitors Committee, 1996-1998
  • Graduate Selector, MSc Public Administration, 1994-2002
  • Chair,Government Department Staff Research Fund, 1992-1997
  • Secretary, Government Department Staff Research Fund, 1992-1994
  • Organizer, Public Choice Colloquium Series
  • Representative , LSE Research Committee, 1992-1994


"British Parliamentary Divisions on Repeal of the Corn Laws, Including M.P. Party Affiliation and Constituency Characteristics, 1832-1846," ESRC Data Archive, SN 03276; and ICPSR Data Archive, Number 6424.

"Distribution of Individuals by Type of Occupation in 54 Cities in Britain," ESRC Data Archive, SN 03277; and ICPSR Data Archive, Number 6423.


  • Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association:

2012 - New Orleans (posted paper on-line; conference cancelled)
2009 - Toronto, Canada
2007 - Chicago (2 papers);
2006 - Philadelphia (2 papers);
2005 - Washington;
2004 - Chicago;
2003 - Philadelphia;
2001 - San Francisco;
2000 - Washington, D.C.;
1998 - Boston;
1996 - San Francisco;
1995 - Chicago;
1993 - Washington, D.C.;
1992 - Chicago;
1991 - Washington, D.C.;
1989 - Atlanta;
1988 - Washington, D.C.

  • Annual Meeting of the European Public Choice Society:

2007 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005 - Durham, UK
2004 - Berlin, Germany
2003 - Aarhus, Denmark
2002 - Belgirate, Italy
1996 - Tiberias, Israel
1994 - Valencia
1993 - Northern Ireland

  • 2014 General Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, Vienna
  • 2014 European Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Edinburgh
  • 2013 European Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Barcelona
  • 2013 MidWest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago
  • 2012 ESRC Research Methods Festival (July), St Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • 2012 Inaugural General Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments (June), Dublin
  • 2011 “Text Mining Conference,” LSE (June 2011)
  • 2011 NYU/LSE Joint Political Science & Political Economy Conference (May), NYC
  • 2011 “Text as Data Conference,” Northwestern University (March 2011)
  • 2010 Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting,Atlanta
  • 2009 MidWest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago
  • 2004 Richard Cobden International Bicentenary Conference, Dunford House, West Sussex
  • 1999 Conference on The Peculiarities of the British Experience, Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge
  • 1997 Conference on Instituting Trade:Trade Policy and 19th Century Political Institutions, Center for Political Economy, Washington University, St. Louis
  • 1996 Freedom and Trade Conference, Manchester
  • 1995 Annual Meeting of the Political Studies Association, York
  • 1990 Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association, Newcastle
  • 1989 All-University of California Economic History Conference, UCSD
  • 1989 joint convention of the British International Studies Association and the International Studies Association, London


Editor, International Political Economy: Monetary Relations eJournal, Political Science Network, SSRN (2013-)

Editorial Board Member, International Political Economy eJournal, Political Science Network, SSRN (2007-2013)

Associate Editor, Political Studies Review (2001-2005)

Advisory Board, VOTEWORLD ( (2006-)


Judge, Research Competition on the Financial Crisis: NLP Unshared Task in PoliInformatics 2014 (PoliInformatics Research Coordination Network (PInet), funded by the National Science Foundation)

Invited Speaker, Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism, April 2014

Invited Guest Speaker, Melvyn Bragg’s  BBC Radio 4 series In Our Time (a feature programme on the period surrounding Britain’s Corn Laws), October 2013

Invited Speaker, “Is Social Science Useful?” roundtable, King’s Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre, June (2013)

Invited Speaker, “The Westminster Model of Democracy in Crisis? Comparative Perspectives on Origins, Development and Responses” conference, Harvard University, May (2013)

Organizer, session on “Extracting Political Information form Legislative Speeches,” 2012 ESRC Research Methods Festival (July), St Catherine’s College, Oxford

Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (January-February 2011)

Invited Participant, “2011 Political Economy of International Finance Conference,” Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin (February 2011)

Invited Speaker, “Birmingham Econometrics and Macroeconomics Conference,” Birmingham University (May 2010)

Invited Speaker, “Text as Data Conference,” Northwestern University (March 2010)

Judge, Economic Policy Challenge Grand Final, LSE Student Union Economics Society, February 2010

Political Economy Section Chair, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2009

Invited Speaker, “Policy Shaping Politics: Monetary Policy Deliberations in Congressional Hearings, 1976-2005,” Domestic Preferences and Foreign Economic Policy Conference, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University (April 2008)

Invited Speaker, “Deliberating Monetary Policy,” Département d’économie et de gestion École normale supérieure de Cachan  (March 2008)

Invited Speaker, “Changing What it Takes to the Drivers of Supply and Demand to Stop the Progression of the Childhood Obesity Pandemic,” McGill Health Challenge Think Tank, Montreal, Canada (November 2007)

Invited Speaker, “Parliamentary Debates on the Economy and Finance,” Social Sciences Institute, Lisbon, Portugal (ICS, Instituto de Ciencias Sociasis da Universidade de Lisboa) (June 2007)

Invited Conference Participant, Institute of Economic Research (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich), “Workshop on ECB Communication” (January 2006)

Invited Conference Participant, "Comparative Analysis of Legislative Behavior," Center on Institutions and Governance (UC Berkeley) and the Political Science Department (UC San Diego) (April 2006)

Invited Conference Participant, "History of Congress," Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University (May 2006)

Invited Conference Participant, “The Political Economy of Globalization: How Firms, Workers, and Policymakers Are Responding to Global Economic Integration,” Center for Globalization and Governance , Princeton University(April 2005)

Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (March 2005)

Visiting Professor, Yale University, Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy (October 2004)

Editorial Board Member, International Political Economy eJournal, Political Science Network (2007-)

Associate Editor, Political Studies Review (2001-2005)

Advisory Board, VOTEWORLD ( (2006-)

PhD Examiner
Government Department, University of Essex, 2009
Economics Department, Trinity College Dublin, 2007
International Relations Department, London School of Economics, 2002

Other Papers Presented:

2014 Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany

2007 Essex University

2005 Harvard University

2004 Yale University

2004 Yale University

1994 Oxford (Nuffield College), University of Pittsburgh, University of Wurtzburg

1993 University of Essex

1991 Cornell University, Harvard Business School, Keele University, Oxford (St. John's College), State University of New York (Albany), University of Pennsylvania

1990 Columbia University, Emory University, George Washington University, Oxford (All Souls College), Tufts University

Member, Board of Directors,Institute of U.S. Studies, 1997-2002

Associate Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 2004-

Guest speaker, "This House Regrets America's Role as Policeman to the World," Oxford Union Society, May 1992.