Political Economy

University of California, Berkeley


The Political Economy program examines the relationship between politics and economics in modern societies, focusing on problems of both domestic and international policy. The curriculum is both multi- and interdisciplinary and is based on the assumption that political-economic relationships are affected by society, culture, geography, and demographics.

Political Economy is administered by the International & Area Studies Academic Program (IAS).

Undergraduate Programs

Political Economy: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

Asian Studies: MA

Global Studies: MA

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Political Economy

Faculty and Instructors

* Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Richard Ashcroft, Lecturer.
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* Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor. Climate change, econometrics, air pollution, environmental economics, energy economics.
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Stephanie Ballenger, Lecturer. Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs.
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Crystal Chang Cohen, Lecturer.
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Emily Gottreich, Adjunct Professor. Moroccan Jewish history and Muslim-Jewish relations in broader Arab-Islamic contexts.
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* Khalid Kadir, Lecturer. Global Poverty & Practice Minor, International & Area Studies.
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Alan Karras, Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs and Senior Lecturer. Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs, Political Economy.
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Mario Muzzi, Lecturer.
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Clare Talwalker, Lecturer. Global Studies, Global Poverty and Practice, Political Economy, South Asia.
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Steven Vogel, Professor and Chair of Political Economy. Political economy or comparative political economy, market governance, regulation, the Japanese model of capitalism, Japanese politics, political science.
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Contact Information

International and Area Studies Academic Program

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-642-4466

Fax: 510-642-9850


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Political Economy Chair, Professor of Political Science

Steven Vogel


Associate Director

Alan Karras

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-3185


Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Nithya Raghunathan

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-7282


Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Alex Maurice

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4159


Director of Administration

Joan Kask

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-642-8542


Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Dreux Montgomery

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4157


Office Manager

Ana Martin Romay

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4751


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