Dr Michael Plouffe

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

International & Comparative Political Economy, Firm Heterogeneity & Globalization, Business-Government Relations, Diplomatic & Economic Networks, Fisheries Policy, Monetary Policy

Academic Position

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Political Economy, School of Public Policy at University College London [2013 - present]
Director, Affiliate Program in Politics and International Relations [2015 - present]
Departmental Tutor, Department of Political Science [2015 - present]


PhD - University of California, San Diego [2013]  
The New Political Economy of Trade: Heterogeneous Firms and Trade Policy
J Lawrence Broz (chair), Megumi Naoi (co-chair), Peter Cowhey, Stephan Haggard, Marc Muendler  
MA - University of California, San Diego [2009]  International Relations & Comparative Politics  
BA with Distinction - University of California, San Diego [2007]  International Studies, Economics (and a minor in Economics)


Firm Heterogeneity and Trade-Policy Stances: Evidence from a Survey of Japanese Producers. Business and Politics. [2017]
Trading Representation: Diplomacy’s Influence on Preferential Trade Agreements. (with Roos van der Sterren) British Journal of Politics and International Relations. [2016]
Review of Health Behavior Change in Populations. (with Liang-Kim Ong) World Medical and Health Policy. [2016]
Heterogeneous Firms and Trade-Policy Preferences. In The Oxford Handbook on the Political Economy of International Trade, edited by Lisa Martin. [2015]
The Effectiveness of Monetary Anchors: Firm-level Evidence. (with J Lawrence Broz) International Organization. [2010]  

Working Papers

Liberalization for Sale: Heterogeneous Firms and Lobbying over FTAs
Electoral Institutions and Trade Politics (with Patrick Wagner)
Firms and Foreign Market Engagement: Internationalization Modes and Foreign Economic Policies
Financial Innovation and Macroprudential Policies: Effects on Economic Growth (with Maxence Luc-Bernier)
The Political Economy of FDI to Developing Countries (with Nikki Harish)
The Institutional Environment for Financial Fragility (with Haseeb Bajwa)
A Network Approach to the Formation of Diplomatic Ties (with Daniel Maliniak)  

Ongoing Projects

The New Political Economy of Trade: Heterogeneous Firms and Trade Policy (book manuscript)
Oligopolistic Innovation (with Kerry Tan)
Institutional Quality and Monetary Policy (with Sandy Chu)
Sports Politics (with Thomas Gift)

Conference Presentations

American Political Science Association - 2008, 2011, 2011, 2012 (prepared), 2015
International Political Economy Society - 2011
International Studies Association - 2012
Japan Society of International Economics - 2011

Media Appearances and Consulting

BBC World
International Business Times
LSE Enterprise

Professional Associations

American Political Science Association
European Political Science Association
International Finance and Economics Society
International Political Economy Society
Japan Society of International Economics
Royal Economics Society

Current Teaching

POLS7015A - International Political Economy
PUBLG050 - International Political Economy
PUBLG110 - International Trade Policy
Various - BA/BSc thesis supervision; MSc thesis supervision 


American Journal of Political Science
Economics & Politics
Environmental Politics
European Journal of Political Research
International Studies Quarterly
Quarterly Journal of Political Science
World Politics

Honors & Awards

Best Graduate Paper, Political Networks Section of APSA 2011
Edmund G Brown Sr Fellowship, UC San Diego 2007-2008
National Merit Scholar, UC San Diego 2003-2007
IBM Thomas J Watson Scholar, UC San Diego 2003-2007

Previous Teaching (Selected)

Chinese Politics
Economic, Politics, & International Change (International Political Economy)
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Public Health
Introductory Statistics & Research Design
Korean Politics
Varieties of Capitalism