Lansing B. Lee, Jr./Bankard Seminar in Global Politics

The Lansing B. Lee/Bankard Seminar in Global Politics is a year-long speaker series that features leading scholars in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Economy.

Invited scholars present cutting-edge research and engage in lively debate with faculty and graduate students. The seminar is made possible through generous grants from the family of Lansing B. Lee, Jr. and the Bankard Fund for Political Economy at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Todd S. Sechser and Dr. Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner co-direct this seminar. 

Seminars are held most Fridays from 12:15-1:30pm, unless otherwise noted.  This Fall, all seminars will be held virtually.  Details and Zoom links will be sent prior to each seminar.

Please contact Dyuti Saunki ( if you would like to speak individually with any of these speakers.

The schedule can be downloaded here.


Current and Past Series


Benjamin Helms

PhD Candidate, University of Virginia

Kelebogile Zvobgo

Assistant Professor, College of William & Mary

Melissa Lee

Assistant Professor, Princeton University

Joshua Kertzer

Professor, Harvard University

Olyvia Christley

PhD Candidate, University of Virginia

Volha Charnysh

Assistant Professor, MIT

Vipin Narang

Professor, MIT

Pavi Suryanarayan

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Diana Fu

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Emily Ritter

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

Erica Dobbs

Assistant Professor, Pomona College

Rachel Whitlark

Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech

Vipin Narang

Professor, MIT

Lauren MacLean

Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

Janice Gallagher

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-Newark


Eric Arias

Assistant Professor, College of William & Mary

Ariel Dinar

Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, University of California Riverside

Michael Ross

Professor, University of California Los Angeles

Kevin Cope

Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Shiran Victoria Shen

Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics, University of Virginia

Abby Fanlo and Lauren Sukin

Department of Political Science, Stanford University

Valerie Karplus

Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laia Balcells

Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Jeff Kaplow

Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary

Rory Truex

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

John Owen

Professor, University of Virginia


Joshua Alley

Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia

Susan Stokes

Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

George Ofosu

Assistant Professor, the London School of Economics and Political Science

Reid Pauly

Assistant Professor, Brown University

Amy Verdun

Professor, University of Victoria

Paul Avey

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

Debra Thompson

Associate Professor, McGill University

Yuhua Wang

Associate Professor, Harvard University

David Victor

Professor, University of California San Diego

Mia Hassan

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan