David A. Steinberg

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David A. Steinberg

Associate Professor of International Political Economy
International Political Economy

1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Room 740B, Washington, DC 20036


  • Argentina
  • China
  • East Asia
  • Latin America
  • Globalization
  • Emerging Markets
  • International Finance
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Economy & Development

Background and Education

David A. Steinberg is an associate professor of international political economy. His research focuses on the politics of international money and finance. His book, Demanding Devaluation: Exchange Rate Politics in the Developing World (Cornell University Press, 2015), was awarded the Peter Katzenstein Book Prize and received an Honorable Mention for the American Political Science Association’s William H. Riker Book Award. He is the author of articles in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political StudiesInternational Studies Quarterly, World Politics, among other outlets. His research has been supported by a Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award, and by fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania’s Browne Center for International Politics and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2017, he was awarded the Max M. Fisher Prize for Teaching Excellence.

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David A. Steinberg. 2015. Demanding Devaluation: Exchange Rate Politics in the Developing World. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Journal Articles

David A. Steinberg and Stephen Nelson. 2019 (Forthcoming). "The Mass Political Economy of Capital Controls." Comparative Political Studies. Appendix is available here and replication materials are available here.

David A. Steinberg, Stephen Nelson, and Christoph Nguyen. 2019 (Forthcoming). "Does Democracy Promote Capital Account Liberalization?Review of International Political Economy. Replication materials and a supplementary appendix are available here.

Stephen Nelson and David A Steinberg. 2018. "Default Positions: What Shapes Public Attitudes about International Debt Disputes?" International Studies Quarterly 62 (3): 520-533.  Appendix is available here.

David A. Steinberg. 2017. "Interest Group Pressures and Currency Crises: Argentina in Comparative Perspective." Comparative Politics. 50 (1): 61-82Replication materials and a supplementary appendix are available here.

Daniel McDowell and David A. Steinberg. 2017. "Systemic Strengths, Domestic Deficiencies: The Renminbi's Future as a Reserve Currency.Journal of Contemporary China. 26 (108): 801-819.

David A. Steinberg. 2016. “Developmental States and Undervalued Exchange Rates in the Developing World.” Review of International Political Economy. 23 (3): 418-449. Replication materials and a supplementary appendix are available here.

David A. Steinberg, Karrie Koesel, and Nicolas Thompson. 2015. “Political Regimes and Currency Crises.”  Economics and Politics 27 (3): 337-361. Replication materials and a supplementary appendix are available here.

David A. Steinberg and Krishan Malhotra. 2014. “The Effect of Authoritarian Regime Type on Exchange Rate Policy.” World Politics 66 (3): 491-529. Replication materials and a supplementary appendix are available here.

Sebastian Karcher and David A. Steinberg. 2013. “Assessing the Causes of Capital Account Liberalization: How Measurement Matters.” International Studies Quarterly 57 (1): 128-137. Here is the data on capital account openness and an appendix that contains additional analyses.

David A. Steinberg and Victor C. Shih. 2012. “Interest Group Influence in Authoritarian States: The Political Determinants of Chinese Exchange Rate Policy.Comparative Political Studies 45 (11): 1404-1433.

Victor C. Shih and David A. Steinberg. 2012. “The Domestic Politics of the International Dollar Standard: A Statistical Analysis of Support for the Reserve Currency, 2000-2008.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 45 (4): 855-880. Replication materials and a supplementary appendix are available here.

David A. Steinberg and Stephen M. Saideman. 2008. “Laissez Fear: Assessing the Impact of Government Involvement in the Economy on Ethnic Violence.” International Studies Quarterly 52 (2): 235-259. Replication materials and a supplementary appendix are available at Steve Saideman's (old) website.

Working Papers

Luis Schiumerini and David A. Steinberg. "The Black Market Blues: The Political Costs of Illicit Currency Markets." Revise and resubmit.

Dimitar Gueorguiev, Daniel McDowell, and David A. Steinberg. "The Impact of Economic Coercion on Public Opinion: The Case of US-China Currency Relations." Revise and resubmit.

2015-08-17 00:00:00 
Fall 2015 
This course exa...
This course examines the relationship between politics and international economics in developing countries, with a focus on the emerging market economies.  Throughout the course, we critically evaluate different political science theories of foreign economic policymaking in emerging markets.  The course begins with an overview of theories of international political economy.   The second section of the course focuses on developing countries’ embrace of economic globalization over the past thirty years.  We examine different political explanations for why emerging market and developing countries have removed barriers to foreign trade and foreign investment since the 1980s.  The final section of the course explores how globalization has impacted emerging market economies, and considers how governments in these countries have dealt with the new challenges that have emerged in this era of economic globalization. 
Spring 2016 
This course int...
This course introduces students to research methods that are commonly employed today in the field of international relations.  There are four main sections to the class, each of which covers one major type of research design.  The first section focuses on qualitative research methods.  The second section turns to quantitative methods, particularly methods used for analyzing observational data (i.e. non-experimental data).  In section III, we study experimental methods.  The final section provides an overview of various quasi-experimental methods.  The focus of the course is on the applications of these methods.