International Political Economy


About The Field

The field of IPE analyzes the interactions between international political and economic dynamics. It consists of a set of interdisciplinary approaches to analyze structures and processes of globalization and economic integration, as well as the interactions between domestic and international political and economic phenomena. It tries to overcome the artificial separation between politics and economics, between states and markets, and between domestic and international levels of analysis. Recent empirical research has concentrated on issues such as structural adjustment, regional economic integration, state-business relations, Third World development, multinational corporations, and the institutions of international economic governance.


Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive requirements in a given academic year.

The International Political Economy Field of Study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the lists below.

Required Course – Any of the below may be used as the required course:
Second Required Course – Select one full credit from the following list or the above list:
Students may use one of the following as their third course in the field:

We encourage you to visit our course listings to get a better understanding of Fletcher, our curriculum, and our students.

Current Students & Alumni

Jolyda Sou Fletcher
Susan Livingston, The Fletcher School
David Rottblatt Fletcher
Jolyda Sou
International Political Economy,
International Trade and Commercial Policies

   Read Jolyda's story

Susan Livingston
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

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David Rottblatt
MIB 11
Commercial Corps, GE -
Boston, MA

   Read David's story

Outside the Classroom

  • Much Less Wrong: Stern, Nordhaus, and the Economics of Climate Change
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Policy Planning
  • In Motion: Intersections of Economics & Migration
  • Mutual Gains Approach: Recent Experiences in International Context
  • China's Economic Statecraft Toward Southeast Asia
  • EU After the Great Recession
  • Implications of the Bubble Economy
  • The Nigel Evans Lecture: Europe, United We Stand. Challenges Described from the Inside
  • Charles Francis Adams Lecture: Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia
  • The Final Frontier: The Convergence of Economics, Geopolitics, and Cyber
    • U.S. Department of Commerce - Washington, DC
    • U.S. Trade and Development Agency - Washington, DC
    • Asian Development Bank - Manila, Philippines
    • U.S. Mission to the European Union, Foreign Commercial Service - Brussels, Belgium
    • Delegation of the European Union, Trade Division - Washington, DC
    • Development Innovations - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • Resonate - Kigali, Rwanda
    • University of Namibia Law School - Windhoek, Namibia
    • International Justice Mission - Washington, DC
    • Greater Boston Legal Services - Boston, MA
    • Chatham LLC - Minneapolis, MN
    • ILO Cairo Decent Work Team - Cairo, Egypt
    • "Investing under Uncertainty: Advancing our Understanding of Political Risks in Emerging Markets"
    • "Funding Small Scale Social Innovation Ventures in India - A Case Study"
    • "Myanmar Microfinance Market Entry Assessment"
    • "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act impact on U.S. Investment Abroad"
    • "Market Transition Playbook: Transitioning from Licensed to Owned Market in 2018"
    • "Impact of the Federal Reserve's Monetary Policy on the Reserve Bank of India's Monetary Policy in the Post Crisis Period"
    • "How Should Oman Continue its State-Support Programs for Women Working in the Handicrafts Industries?"
    • "A Study of Filipino Remittances: Development Opportunities and Governance Challenges"
    • "The National Interest and Country Positions in International Climate Negotiations"
    • "Tilting the Scale: Exploring the Role of Governmental Regulation in Managing the Global Obesity Epidemic"
    • "Meet the New Boss? The Changing Role of Youth in Tunisian Politics, 2010- 2014"
    • "The Time to Act is Now: Arctic Fisheries Management in the 21st Century"
    • "The High Cost of Borrowing: An Analysis of the Determinants of High Interest Rates in Brazil"
    • International Development Club
    • ASEAN Society
    • Asia Club
    • European Affairs Society
    • Fletcher China Studies Society
    • Fletcher Diplomacy Club
    • Fletcher Finance Club
    • Fletcher Net Impact
    • International Business Club
    • Latin America Group
    • Mediterranean Group
    • Post-Soviet Nations Club
    • South Asia Society

    A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Hillary:

     Pre-Fletcher Experience

    Peace Corps Volunteer, Benin
    Portfolio Analyst, NEPC Investment Consulting, Cambridge, MA

    Fields of Study

    International Political Economy
    Development Economics

    Capstone Topic

    Trade Policy and Economic Integration in West Africa

    Post-Fletcher Professional Goals

    International economic policy with a focus on developing countries

    Read about Hillary's curricular path.

    Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

    Katrina Burgess Associate Professor of Political Economy at Tufts Fletcher School"Fletcher offers you the opportunity to acquire a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of major international dynamics in the fields of diplomacy, business, security, and political economy."

    Katrina Burgess, Associate Professor of Political Economy

    Other faculty with expertise in the field:

    John Burgess, Professor of Practice at Tufts Fletcher School Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Tufts Fletcher School Bruce Everett Tufts Fletcher School Nancy Hite, Assistant Professor of Political Economy Tufts Fletcher School
    John Burgess Daniel Drezner Bruce Everett Nancy Hite
    Carsten Kowalczyk, Associate Professor of International Economics at Tufts Fletcher School Michael Klein, William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at Tufts Fletcher School Lawrence Krohn Tufts Fletcher School Joel Trachtman, Professor of International Law at Tufts Fletcher School
    Carsten Kowalczyk Michael Klein Lawrence Krohn Joel Trachtman