Areas of Interest: Economic reform and development in Latin America and East Asia; finance for development; development strategy; international political economy.
Barbara Stallings is the William R. Rhodes Research Professor at the Institute, co-director of Brown’s Graduate Program in Development, and editor of Studies in Comparative International Development, a leading journal that is housed at the Institute. She is past director of the Watson Institute and of its Political and Economic Development Program.
Stallings has a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in political science from Stanford University. Her work has focused on economic reform and development, particularly in Latin America and East Asia; finance for development; development strategy; and international political economy.
Prior to joining the Institute in 2002, she was director of the Economic Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile. She was previously professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she also served as director of the Global Studies Research Program, director of the Latin American Studies Program, and associate dean of the graduate school.
Stallings has lectured around the world and acted as adviser to several governments and international agencies. She is author or editor of 11 books and numerous book chapters and articles. Most recently, she co-edited a book on Competitive Regionalism: FTA Diffusion in the Pacific Rim (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009) and co-authored a book titled Finance for Development: Latin America in Comparative Perspective (Brookings Institution, 2006). She also edited a June 2010 special edition of Studies in Comparative International Development on "Global Pressure, Local Response, and Labor Protection in Developing Countries."
She has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including Studies in Comparative International Development, Oxford Development Studies, Competition and Change, Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, International Studies Quarterly, American Journal of Political Science, and Latin American Research Review.