Michael A. Gavin

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Washington University in St. Louis

In the fall of 2017, I taught Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science at Carleton University. The course syllabus can be found here. I also taught the same course in the summer of 2018. My teaching evaluations are here.

In the upcoming spring term, I will be teaching two political economy of finance courses in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Here is a short description of each course (syllabuses to follow).

The International Political Economy of Finance
This course introduces students to the politics of the international monetary system. The first phase of the course will review the major theoretical approaches to international monetary relations. The second phase will review four key political problems in the international political economy of finance: capital mobility, exchange rate regimes, international capital flows, and international banking. The final phase will look at how international governance arrangements have evolved in response to these problems in the post-WWII era.

Politics, Risk, and Banking Crises
How does politics govern banking sector risk? The first phase of the course begins with an introduction to banking sector risk and why banks are susceptible to periodic crises. The second phase of the course looks at how private agents and states approach the problem of governing bank risk. The third phase of the course will introduce students to various types of bank risk, including liquidity risk, credit risk, foreign exchange rate risk, settlement risk, and systemic risk, and show how crises ranging from the Latin American debt crises, the emerging market crises of the 1990s, and the global financial crisis are manifestations of these risks gone sour.