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Eric Helleiner

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Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy / Professor
University of Waterloo
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Eric Helleiner is the Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy at the University of Waterloo. He received his BA in economics and political science from the University of Toronto, and his MSc and PhD from the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics.

He is author of States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s (Cornell University Press, 1994), The Making of National Money: Territorial Currencies in Historical Perspective (Cornell University Press, 2003), Towards North American Monetary Union? The Politics and History of Canada's Exchange Rate Regime (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance After the 2008 Meltdown (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development and the Making of the Postwar World (Cornell University Press, 2014). He has also co-edited five other books, including most recently The Great Wall of Money: Power and Politics in China's International Monetary Relations (Cornell University Press, 2009) as well as a number of special sections of journals on topics such as "The Geopolitics of Sovereign Wealth Funds" (Geopolitics, 2009), "The Dollar's Destiny as World Currency" (Review of International Political Economy, 2008), "The Greening of Global Financial Markets" (Global Environmental Politics, 2011), and "Principles from the Periphery: The Neglected Southern Sources of Global Norms" (Global Governance, 2014). He has also published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on topics relating to international political economy and to international monetary and financial issues.

He is presently co-editor (with Jonathan Kirshner) of the book series "Cornell Studies in Money" and is a member of the editorial advisory boards of a number of scholarly journals. He was founding director of the MA and PhD programs in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and he has taught at the London School of Economics, York University, and Trent University, where he held a Canada Research Chair. He has won the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (Trent University), the Marvin Gelber Essay Prize in International Relations (awarded by the Canadian Institute for International Affairs), and the 2007 Donner Prize (awarded annually by the Donner Foundation to the best book on Canadian public policy). He has also served as co-editor of the journal Review of International Political Economy and associate editor of the journal Policy Sciences. He was selected as a member of the 2009 Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform and the 2010 High Level Panel on the Governance of the Financial Stability Board.

Eric Helleiner is currently working on a book-length research project on the global history of thought in international political economy. He was awarded a Trudeau fellowship in 2007.