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Jesse Russell, PhD

Jesse Russell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Dr. Jesse Russell is an expert in research methods and international political economy.

Dr. Jesse Russell, an expert in research methods and international political economy, joined the Whitehead School of International Relations and Diplomacy in the fall of 2006. His current research interests include the consequences for the locus of governance of state decision-making on currency policies.  Dr. Russell also focuses on how to use theory, evidence, and methodological techniques to produce fruitful understandings of real world issues.


  • Ph.D., International Relations, University of California at Santa Barbara

Academic Distinctions

  • University Research Council Award, 2009, Seton Hall University

Current Research Projects
  • “Hierarchies of International Monetary Sovereignty: How Currency Choices Affect a State's Sovereignty” Traditional discussions of currency regime choice are often explicitly non-political. In reality, however, state decision-making is obviously much more political in nature. Decision-making is driven by politics both at the domestic level and at the international level, which can be illustrated by a two-level bargaining game that is explicitly political in orientation.
  • “The International Transfer of Political Authority” The retention and international transfer of political authority varies greatly across countries over time. Some countries delegate, or transfer significant aspects of their political authority to another stronger country, especially in the areas of economic management and military security. What accounts for this variation? This paper offers a theory that suggests that incentives faced by political leaders in democracies and autocracies influence the degree and type of political authority a state is more likely to give up to stronger state.
  • “Hidden Patterns in Exchange Rate Regime Choice” There have been theoretical and empirical attempts to account for the observed variation in exchange rate regimes. However, there is more variation in results than there is in actual exchange rate regime choice. One reason for the differences among studies is that standard statistical techniques are unable to identify the nonlinear relationships among the factors that influence the choice of exchange rate regime. This paper utilizes a novel statistical technique that reveals complex interactions among variables.



Office Phone
(973) 275-2518


Office Location
Room 105
McQuaid Hall


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