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Political Economist Geoffrey Garrett to Lead International Studies at UCLA

Geoffrey Garrett has been named vice provost at the UCLAs College of Letters and Science, and assumed directorship of International Studies and Overseas Programs (ISOP), effective July 1, 2001.

By Jean Roth

“I am pleased to announce that Professor Geoffrey Garrett will be appointed vice provost for International Studies and Overseas Programs,” said Brian P. Copenhaver, provost of the College of Letters and Science. “Professor Garrett is a superb teacher and a very distinguished scholar whose prize-winning publications on a global political economy are influential and abundant.”

Garrett’s field of specialization focuses on European political and economic integration and the domestic effects of globalization around the world, often tackling commonly-held assumptions about the impact of global markets on such areas as inequality within and among nations, national autonomy, the governance of the international system, and decentralization and secession. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1990. A professor of political science at Yale since 1997, Garrett also served as the director of the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics, and was founding director of the Leitner Program in International Political Economy and of the Council on European Studies in the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a Fulbright Scholar.

Garrett said he is eager to apply his expertise against the backdrop of the diverse and international community that characterizes both UCLA and Southern California. “International studies has a distinguished history at UCLA, and Los Angeles is one of the world's truly global cities,” said Garrett. “ I am very much looking forward to working with faculty, staff and students and with members of the community to build on the strong foundations for teaching, research and outreach that already exist in ISOP.”

Prior to teaching at Yale, Garrett held faculty appointments at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University and Oxford University. He held visiting appointments at Stanford University, the Australian National University and the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin.

His book Partisan Politics in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press, 1998) was runner-up for the Gregory Luebbert Prize, awarded to the best comparative politics book in the previous two years. Garrett is also author of over forty articles in academic journals including the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, International Organization, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and World Politics on numerous aspects of politics, economics and law in market economies.

ISOP is the administrative and thematic hub for UCLA’s programs of teaching and research in international and foreign area studies. At ISOP’s core are several multidisciplinary programs focusing on major world regions and/or global issues, six of which are named National Resource Centers for Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. 

ISOP’s units include the James S. Coleman African Studies Center; the Center for European and Russian Studies; the Ron W. Burkle Center for International Relations; the Latin American Center; the G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies; the Asia Pacific Institute; the Center for Chinese Studies; the Center for Buddhist Studies; the Center for East Asian Studies; the Center for Japanese Studies; the Center for Korean Studies; the Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Comparative and Interdisciplinary Research on Asia; the Center for International Business Education and Research; the Center for Comparative and Global Research; the Program on International Health and Education; the Language Materials Project; the Language Resource Program, and the U.C. Education Abroad Program.

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