James Raymond Vreeland's Endorsements

    Vreeland's Endorsements     

Lopez, Luis A. 2004. Warrior Poet of the Fifth Sun. Yakima, WA: Innercircle Publishing.

"The voice of Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun is a compelling and desperately needed one. The words - intrinsically beautiful in their own right - speak to important political and social issues. López moves smoothly from the Chicano to the Brown to the Latino to the Human experience. He is able to explore these identities in great depth with simple carefully crafted phrases. The pages of this book advance through different styles, as stream of consciousness meets hip-hop meets the e-technology of our time. The emotional range - from exuberance to melancholy - make the reading an exhilarating experience. Anger turns to joy which turns to sadness as the reader turns the pages. The work is inspirational. Through his poems, López tells his distinctive story - yet the words resonate from so many perspectives that the poems invite readers to interpret their own individual experiences through them. This multivocality makes the book a must-read for anyone interested in exploring identity. Powerful!"
James Vreeland, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Yale University


Jensen, Nathan M. 2006. Nation-States and the Multinational Corporation: A Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

"With this book, Nathan Jensen offers new and exciting research on the political economy of foreign direct investment (FDI). Rich both in theory and in empirical evidence, this excellent work has far-reaching implications for political science and economics alike. Jensen argues that FDI does not simply go to countries with low taxes, but rather to countries with specific political institutions that provide credible commitments to secure investments. Beyond this contribution, he also explores more generally the impacts of democracy and international institutions on FDI."
James Raymond Vreeland, Yale University, author of The IMF and Economic Development


Singer, David Andrew. 2007. Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

"Writing with clarity and precision, David Andrew Singer makes a major contribution to our understanding of the international regulation of capital flows. His puzzle is why different types of capital flows, all facing financial risk, experience different forms of regulation. Financial stability is fraught with all sorts of risks, which Singer explains eloquently. Systemic risk alone, however, is not sufficient for international regulation. The impetus comes when the forces of globalization cause financial stability to come at the high cost of international competitiveness for the domestic financial industry. Singer argues that national regulators, under the scrutiny of domestic legislatures, take the lead. Regulators navigate between the conflicting goals of financial stability and international competitiveness, and they enter into international negotiations when the trade-off leaves them bleak domestic options. Singer's superb style makes the treatment of complex issues accessible for all audiences—including the policymaking community and beginning students. His original scholarly contributions also make this essential reading for leading experts in the field of political economy."
James Raymond Vreeland, Yale University


Abouharb, M. Rodwan and David Cingranelli. 2008. Human Rights and Structural Adjustment. New York: Cambridge University Press.

"This study is the most comprehensive work on the impacts of how World Bank and IMF conditional lending have impacted human rights. Filled with many examples as well as careful analysis of a wealth of data, the book convincingly shows not only that the Bretton Woods Institutions have failed to promote human rights, but also that their structural adjustment programs have actually hurt human development. The book - the first of its kind - will spark a new generation of study of the World Bank and the IMF. It is a must read for anyone interested in human rights, international institutions or globalization."
James Raymond Vreeland, Yale University


Meseguer, Covadonga. 2009. Learning, Policy Making, and Market Reforms. New York: Cambridge University Press.

"This book makes a major contribution to the growing literature on policy diffusion. Why do governments seem to follow one another in adopting similar economic policies? Existing explanations include emulation, imposition by international forces, and similar domestic political and economic circumstances. What makes Meseguer's study important and original is its careful work on rational learning as a mechanism of policy diffusion. Beautifully written and methodologically sophisticated, the book first develops a theory of learning and then shows empirically that rational learning influences the policy decisions of governments. The volume is essential reading for people interested in international relations and economic development."
James Vreeland, Georgetown University


Nooruddin, Irfan. 2010. Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments. New York: Cambridge University Press.

"Nooruddin makes a provocative claim - when many actors are required to agree for change to occur, policy stability is likely, which investors like. In a sense, Nooruddin is a modern-day Madisonian with some important twists: (1) multiple factions are good not just for stability but also for economic growth; and (2) the best way to organize multiple factions is through minority parliamentary government. The theory and evidence are compelling, and the book is a must read for all interested in political economy."
James Raymond Vreeland, Georgetown University and author of The IMF and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, 2003)


Kingston High School Alumni Web Page. Designed and maintained by Brian DeCicco.

"This is an amazing web page for KHS alums. And let's face it - our tiger is the best mascot ever. Simply study the tiger image until you get it. It will blow your mind, and you'll never be able to see this tiger the same again. My only question - who designed the mascot for us? The person was brilliant."
James Raymond Vreeland, Ph.D.