Jeffrey Cason


Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Schools
Edward C. Knox Professor of International Studies and Political Science
Sunderland Language Center 125
Middlebury College
tel:  (802) 443-5745
twitter:  @casonjeff


University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A., Ph.D, Political Science, 1993
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, B.A., International Studies, 1984


The Political Economy of Integration:  The Experience of Mercosur (Routledge, 2011).
Poli Econ of Integration cover

Overseas Research:  A Practical Guide (co-authored with Christopher Barrett) (Routledge, 2010), second edition (first edition published with Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

Overseas research cover

Democracy and Development:  New Perspectives on an Old Debate (co-edited with Sunder Ramaswamy) (University Press of New England, 2003)


Development at a Crossroads:  Uncertain Paths to Sustainability after the Neoliberal Revolution (co-edited with Michael Carter and Frederic Zimmerman) (Global Studies Research Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998).


Articles and Book chapters:

“Why English?” (with Patricia Rodríguez), EAIE (European Association of International Education) Forum, Winter 2013, pp. 14-15.

“Brazil too ‘traditional’ to be a global human rights leader” in online magazine openGlobalRights, June 2013.

“Brazil, the Southern Cone, and Global Climate Change,” in Daniel Moran, ed., Climate Change and National Security.  Washington, DC:  Georgetown University Press (2011).

“Presidentialization, Pluralization, and the Rollback of Itamaraty: Explaining Change in Brazilian Foreign Policy Making in the Cardoso-Lula Era” (with Timothy Power), International Political Science Review 30 (2):  117-140 (2009).

“Searching for a New Formula:  Brazilian Political Economy in Reform,” Latin American Research Review 42 (2) (2007).

“Peace and Economic Interdependence in the Middle East” (with Amichai Kilchevsky and Kirsten Wandschneider), The World Economy 30 (4) (April 2007)

“Hopes Dashed? Lula’s Brazil,” Current History 105 (688) (February 2006).

“Development and Democracy: An Introduction to the Debates,” (with Sunder Ramaswamy) in Sunder Ramaswamy and Jeffrey Cason, eds., Development and Democracy: New Perspectives on an Old Debate. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England (2003).

“Electoral Reform, Institutional Change, and Party Adaptation in Uruguay,” Latin American Politics and Society 44 (3) (Fall 2002).

“Turning the Tables: State and Society in South America’s Economic Integration,” (with Jennifer Burrell), Polity 34 (4) (Summer 2002).

“Brazil: Political Institutions and the Delayed Reaction to International Financial Crisis,” in Shale Horowitz and Uk Heo, eds., The Political Economy of the World Financial Crisis: Economic Policy and Institutional Change in East Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (2001).

“Electoral Reform and Stability in Uruguay,” Journal of Democracy 11 (2): 85-98 (2000). Reprinted in Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner, eds., Electoral Systems and Democracy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press (2006).

“On the Road to Southern Cone Economic Integration,” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 42 (1): 23-42 (2000).

“Whatever Happened to the New International Economic Order?,” in Andrew Valls, ed., Ethics and International Affairs. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield Publishers (2000).

“Democracy Looks South: Mercosul and the Politics of Brazilian Trade Strategy,” in Peter Kingstone and Timothy Power, eds., Democratic Brazil. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press (2000).

“Electronic Conferencing and International Political Economy,” in David G. Brown, ed. Interactive Learning: Vignettes from America’s Most Wired Campuses. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company (1999).

“¿La última elección de la Guerra Fria?,” Brecha (Montevideo), November 19, 1999.

“The State as Naive Entrepreneur: The Political Economy of Export Promotion in Brazil and Tunisia,” (with Gregory White), Policy Studies Journal 26 (1): 46-68 (1998).

“Export Promotion in Brazil and East Asia,” Carta Internacional (São Paulo) 60: 2 (1998).

“Identifying a Site and Funding Source” (with Christopher Barrett, excerpt from Overseas Research), Items—Social Science Research Council 51 (2-3): 42-44 (1997).

“Development Strategy and Development Tactics: An Agenda for Sustainable Development,” (with Frederic Zimmerman), Working Paper Series on Development at the Crossroads, Global Studies Research Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995).

“Automobile Commodity Chains in the NICS: A Comparison of South Korea, Mexico, and Brazil,” (with Naeyoung Lee), in Gary Gereffi and Miguel Korzeniewicz, eds., Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1994).

Courses Taught

Introduction to Comparative Politics
Comparative Development Strategies
Latin American Politics
International Political Economy
Political Economy of Development in Latin America and East Asia
Latin American Political Development (in Spanish)
Introduction to International Studies
Development and Democracy
Politics and the Novel
Development, Democracy, and Globalization
Political Economy of Regionalism
Comparative Perspectives on Development and Integration (in Spainsh, at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay)
The Politics of Trade in the Americas:  Regionalism and Hemispheric Integration (in Portuguese, taught at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil)
Readings in Latin American Politics and Culture (in Spanish)
óLatin American in the World (First-year seminar)


Spanish (advanced)
Portuguese (advanced)
Italian (intermediate)