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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 10 books and more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, most recently The Political Economy of the Pandemic: National and Global Perspectives (with Leila Simona Talani), 2023; 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


  • Christian Johnson Teaching Enhancement Award, Hamilton College (2020)
  • 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

Authored Books
  • (2017), with Magnus Ryner, The European Union and Global Capitalism: Origins, Evolution, Crisis (London: Palgrave MacMillan).
  • (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, California: University of California Press); 2nd edition,  2021.
Edited Books
  • (2023), with Leila Simona Talani, The Political Economy of the Pandemic: National and Global Perspectives (London: Palgrave MacMillan).
  • (2016), with Leila Simona Talani and Gonzalo Pozo Martin, The Palgrave Handbook of Critical International Political Economy (London: Palgrave MacMillan).
  • (2013), with Herman Schwartz, Exploring the Global Financial Crisis, Advances in International Political Economy, Volume 18 (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers).
  • (2003), with Magnus Ryner, A Ruined Fortress? Neoliberal Hegemony and Transformation in Europe (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).
  • (1998), with Patrick Peters, The Union and the World: The Political Economy of a Common Foreign Policy (London: Kluwer Law International).
  • (1997), with Carl Lankowski, Europe’s Ambiguous Unity: Conflict and Consensus in the Post Maastricht Era (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers).
  • (1993), with Glenda Rosenthal, The State of the European Community: The Maastricht Treaty and Beyond (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers and London: Longman).
Selected Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • (2023) “Ukraine, Europe, and the Rerouting of Globalisation” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (in press).
  • (2023) “Ukraine, Multipolarity, and the Crisis of Grand Strategies,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 25(1), January.
  • (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) with Leila Talani “German Ordo-Liberalism and the Future of the European Union” Critical Sociology, 45, 3, May.
  • (2017), “Is Atlanticism Fracturing?,” Russia in Global Affairs, 15, 2 June.
  • (2015), “European Integration Studies, the EMU, and the Resilience of Neoliberalism in Europe: Postmortem on a Crisis Foretold,” Competition and Change 18, 2 (April).
  • (2015), (“Europe’s Double Crisis”), Russia in Global Affairs, Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, Volume 1 (February).
  • (2014), “Par-dela L’Horizon: Hegemonie ou Declin de L’Empire?,” Agone: Histoire, Politique, et Sociologie 55.
  • (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).

College Service

Committee on Academic Policy, 2021-present
Writing Advisory Committee, 2020-present
Hamilton College Program in Washington Advisory Committee, 2020-present
German Studies Committee, 2019-present|
Mentor, Hamilton College Posse 11, 2011-15
Director, Hamilton College Program in New York City, 2002, 2007, 2009
Director, Hamilton College Program in Washington 1991, 2004, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021
Chair, Department of Government, 1996-2004
Middle States Committee on Governance, 1999-2001
Advisory Council, Arthur Levitt Center for Public Affairs, 1995-2006, 2008-10

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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