Dr B.M. Burgoon has been appointed Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
Dr B.M. Burgoon (1965) has been appointed Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
Brian Burgoon researches comparative and international political economy, focused particularly on the politics of economic globalisation. Within this specialisation, his research pursues three themes, in which the links between political and economic conflicts, at both international and national levels, are central. The first theme concerns the nature, causes and consequences of trade, investment and migration. The second deals with the origins and implications of social policy and labor-market regulation in industrialised countries. And the third theme is the political economy of violent conflict, such as civil wars and terrorism.
Burgoon is involved in various research projects within the UvA, but also in international cooperation. He helps lead, for example,the inter-university, interdisciplinary project IMPALA (International Migration Policy and Law Analysis), which analyses and measures the content and strictness of immigration laws from 1960 to the present in 26 countries. In the inter-university project ‘Political Responses to Globalization Survey’, Burgoon measures and analyses the attitudes of both employees and employers on economic globalisation and policy. He also works in the NWO-funded project ‘Human Rights Promotion and Violent Conflict ', which analyses whether the promotion of human rights by outside actors reduces or worsens violent conflicts.
Burgoon has worked at the UvA since 2001, first as an assistant professor and since 2007 as an associate professor of International Relations. He is also coordinator of the Political Economy and Transnational Governance programme group of the UvA’s Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). Before coming to the UvA, Burgoon worked as an assistant professor at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University (USA). He also taught at Harvard University (USA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he also obtained his doctorate. He has published articles in a wide range of journals, including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Comparative Political Studies, and International Organization Review of International Political Economy.