Director - Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance

Helen V. Milner is the B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. She was the chair of the Department of Politics from 2005 to 2011. She was president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) from 2012-14. She has written extensively on issues related to international and comparative political economy, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization and regionalism, and the relationship between democracy and trade policy. She is currently working on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the “digital divide” and the global diffusion of the internet, and the relationship between globalization and democracy. Her research in these areas concerns Africa, in particular the politics of foreign aid in Uganda and Ghana and the resource curse associated with
non‐tax income in such countries. She also looks at how globalization interacts with political change in Tunisia in another branch of research.



Her newest book is Sailing the Water’s Edge: Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy.
Coauthored with Dustin Tingley. Princeton University Press. 2015
Some of her writings include Resisting Protectionism (1988), Interests, Institutions and Information: Domestic Politics and International Relations (1997), Votes, Vetoes, and the Political Economy of International Trade Agreements (2012), The Political Economy of Economic Regionalism (1997), Internationalization and Domestic Politics (1996), “Why the Move to Free Trade? Democracy and Trade Policy in the Developing Countries” (International Organization 2005),


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