John Ravenhill

John Ravenhill

Areas 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 the Department Chair. 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.) Hons. degree at the University of Hull. In 2016, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association’s International Political Economy section.

His work has appeared in most of the leading journals of international relations including International OrganizationWorld PoliticsReview of International Political Economy and Review of International Studies. He was editor of the Review of International Political Economy from 2015-28. For two decades, he co-edited (with James Cotton) the flagship book series of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australia in World AffairsHis most recent book, edited with Saadia Pekkanen and Rosemary Foot, is the Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of East Asia. He is the editor of the Oxford University Press text, Global Political Economy, the sixth edition of which will be published in 2020.

He was the founding editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies, and is on the Editorial Boards of  Pacific AffairsTransnational Corporations, International Relations of the Asia-PacificBusiness and Politics, and the Australian Journal of Politics and History.  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. From 2013 to 2019, he was Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

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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