Adam Dean

Adam Dean
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Monroe Hall 478
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Areas of Expertise

International Trade, Labor Politics, American Political Development, Public Health

Adam Dean joined the Department of Political Science in the summer of 2017. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his MSc from the London School of Economics, and his PhD from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the political economy of international trade, labor politics, American Political Development, and the socioeconomic determinant of public health. He teaches courses on International Relations, International Political Economy, and American history.

Current Research

I am currently writing a book on the relationship between democracy and respect for labor rights. I am also studying the effect of US pressure on trade policy in developing countries, as well as the ability of labor unions to improve workplaces safety and decrease the spread of COVID-19.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2014

MSc., London School of Economics, 2007

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2006



My first book, From Conflict to Coalition: Profit-Sharing Institutions and the Political Economy of Trade, was published in 2016 as part of Cambridge University Press' series on the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions. From Conflict to Coalition was a 2017 finalist for the J. David Greenstone Book Prize given by the Politics and History section of APSA.

My second book, Opening Up By Cracking Down: Labor Repression and Trade Liberalization in Democratic Developing Countries, will be published in 2022 as part of Cambridge University Press' series on the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions. My related article won APSA’s Dorothy Day Award for outstanding labor research and is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly.

My research has produced ten journal articles, including three articles in International Studies Quarterly and three in Health Affairs.

Classes Taught

PSC 1003 - Introduction to International Politics

PSC 3192 - Labor and Globalization

PSC 3500 - Labor and Globalization

PSC 8453 - Advanced Theories of International Political Economy