Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs; Professor

John RavenhillAreas of Specialization

International Political Economy,

Production and Trade,


Economics and Security


BSc (Hull); MAs (Indiana, Dalhousie); PhD (Berkeley)

John Ravenhill is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, having previously completed Masters degrees at Indiana University and Dalhousie University, and a BSc(Econ.) at the University of Hull.

His work has appeared in most of the leading journals of international relations including International Organization, World Politics, Review of International Political Economy and Review of International Studies. For two decades, he co-edited (with James Cotton) the flagship book series of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australia in World Affairs. His most recent book, co-edited with Andrew MacIntyre & TJ Pempel, was Crisis as Catalyst: Asia's Dynamic Political Economy (Cornell University Press). He has recently completed editing, together with Saadia Pekkanen and Rosemary Foot, the Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of East Asia. He is the editor of the Oxford University Press text, Global Political Economy, the fourth edition of which will be published in 2014.

He was the founding editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies, and is on the Editorial Boards of Review of International Political Economy, Pacific Affairs, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Business and Politics, and the Australian Journal of Political Science. He was the inaugural winner of the Australian Political Science Association’s L.F. Crisp medal for distinguished contributions to the discipline.

He has been a Visiting Professor in the IOMBA program at the University of Geneva, at the International University of Japan, the University of California, Berkeley, and was the National Trade Unions Congress Professor of International Economic Relations at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the US Department of State.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

He is currently completing a book on the auto industry in East Asia, and continues to work on production networks and on trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region.

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