Erik Jones

Erik Jones, PhD

Director of European and Eurasian Studies
Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
European and Eurasian Studies
International Political Economy

SAIS Europe

Expertise

Topics
  • Governance
  • Economics
  • Globalization
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • International Political Economy
Languages
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Background and Education

Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). His most recent book is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years; he is married with three children.


Fall 2017 
The purpose of ...
The purpose of this course is to help students work through the challenge of understanding risk in international political and economic relations. That challenge is both methodological and substantive. Students will have to tackle 'how' we understand and 'what' we understand at the same time. Along the way, they will have to consider those things we cannot understand or anticipate with any meaningful degree of precision. They will have to deal with the 'uncertainty' that lies beyond the boundaries of 'risk'.

The subject matter is open-ended. Virtually every aspect of politics or economics can be cast in terms of risk and uncertainty, no matter whether we look to the future or reflect upon the past. Therefore, the course builds on a thematically structured, case study approach. Each week introduces a new principle that is useful in understanding risk; each week provides cases that illustrate the usefulness of that new principle. Moreover, as our understanding of risk becomes more sophisticated, the cases become more complex. The ultimate goal is to be able to analyze matters of risk and uncertainty as they manifest around decisions taken by leaders in government or business in the real world.

The course also includes a companion seminar series that involves a mix of conversations about ideas, experience, and careers in risk management. The course and companion seminar series was inspired and is supported by SAIS Bologna Center Advisory Council Member Robert S. Singer and builds on his experience as Chief Financial Officer at Gucci, and Chief Executive Officer at Abercrombie & Fitch and Barilla Holding S.p.A. (Crossed listed International Political Economy/International Relations) (T&H)
Fall 2017 
This course is ...
This course is about the political economy of European integration and disintegration. The goal is to help students understand how European came together and why it might be falling apart. The approach is both historical and theoretical. Students will come away having familiarity with the broad narrative of the integration process, a general understanding of the roles played by key individuals and participating countries, and a clear sense of the challenges Europe faces today. Students will also be exposed to the main theoretical approaches used by economists and political scientists to explain the dynamics underlying the integration process, where those theoretical traditions have come up short, and how we might improve our basic understanding. Finally, students will acquire sufficient background and familiarity to understand and assess current debates about the future of the European project and the relationship between the progress of European integration and the future of the European nation state. (Cross listed European and Eurasian Studies/International Political Economy)
Fall 2017 
The purpose of ...
The purpose of this course is to help students work through the challenge of understanding risk in international political and economic relations. That challenge is both methodological and substantive. Students will have to tackle 'how' we understand and 'what' we understand at the same time. Along the way, they will have to consider those things we cannot understand or anticipate with any meaningful degree of precision. They will have to deal with the 'uncertainty' that lies beyond the boundaries of 'risk'.

The subject matter is open-ended. Virtually every aspect of politics or economics can be cast in terms of risk and uncertainty, no matter whether we look to the future or reflect upon the past. Therefore, the course builds on a thematically structured, case study approach. Each week introduces a new principle that is useful in understanding risk; each week provides cases that illustrate the usefulness of that new principle. Moreover, as our understanding of risk becomes more sophisticated, the cases become more complex. The ultimate goal is to be able to analyze matters of risk and uncertainty as they manifest around decisions taken by leaders in government or business in the real world.
September 8, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted on Newsweek in an article titled "Two tomato assaults fail to faze Angela Merkel."

August 21, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, ll speak at the Meeting per L'Amicizia about "The Walls of Europe ."

July 17, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted by CNBC in an article titled "Russia scandal could dog Trump's presidency for years, political analyst says."

July 11, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted by Reuters about "Amid Climate Differences with Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump to Visit Paris."

June 29, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted in The National in an article entitled "Thé giò'i dang no' nhiéu chu'a tù'ng thày (in Vietnamese)."

June 27, 2017 
Erik Jones, Dir...

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, wrote an article for CNBC entitled "This is why the ECB purchases corporate bonds."

June 20, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, wrote an article for Strategika entitled "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Transatlantic Relationship."

May 19, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is cited on Global Financial Market Review in an article entitled "Russians hoping to keep dealings with Trump secret will get found out."

March 14, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is interviewed on CNBC in an article titled "Poll position: Which European countries would be hit hardest if a populist leader is elected?."

February 11, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted on The Globe and Mail in an article entitled "When voters feel the world is broken, the Trumps rise."