Deborah Boucoyannis is Assistant Professor of Politics, specializing in comparative politics. She also works on the historical and theoretical foundations of liberalism, especially as it applies to the related fields of political economy and international relations. She is currently working on a book manuscript that takes a historical approach to a contemporary question: How do liberal regimes emerge, and what are the preconditions to state building? She focuses on the constitutive role of courts and systems of law, as opposed to geopolitical or economic explanations. The manuscript is based on a dissertation that received the APSA Ernst Haas Best Dissertation Award in European Politicsand the Seymour Martin Lipset Best Dissertation Award from the Society for Comparative Research.
Her work on the political theory/economy of early liberalism includes a paper on Adam Smith, published in Perspectives on Politics. The paper posits that Smith’s system does not predict the inequalities that are widely believed to flow inevitably from the market economy. Her paper on liberalism and the balance of power appeared in Perspectives on Politics. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Virginia, she was a predoctoral fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University and a Lecturer in the Committee on Social Studies at Harvard, where she received the Barrington Moore Award for Excellence in Advising and multiple teaching awards.