David Singer

FACULTY  |  David A. Singer

David A. Singer is Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly, and Associate Housemaster of MacGregor House. Professor Singer studies international political economy, with a focus on international financial regulation, the influence of global capital flows on government policymaking, international institutions and governance, and the political economy of central banking. He is the author of Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System (Cornell University Press, 2007) as well as articles in American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, International Organization, Journal of Politics International Studies Quarterly, and other journals. Professor Singer is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2004. Before joining the MIT faculty, he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2004-2006), and also worked in corporate finance and technology venture development. He was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008-9.

Prof. Singer is the inaugural chair of the MIT Committee on Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response. He was the recipient in 2017 of the MIT Change Maker Award for “shifting the culture that perpetuates sexual violence.”


Professor Singer maintains active research agendas in the areas of global financial instability, the political economy of central banking, and the politics of migration and remittances. He has also studied the politics of stock markets, the influence of the IMF on financial liberalization, and the evolution of the field of international political economy in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Recent Publications

“Tipping the (Im)Balance: Capital Inflows, Financial Market Structure, and Banking Crises.”¬†Economics & Politics¬†forthcoming. (with Mark Copelovitch).

Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System. Cornell University Press, 2007. Paperback, 2010. (with Layna Mosley).

"Migrant Remittances and Exchange Rate Regimes in the Developing World." American Political Science Review. 104 (2):307-323. 2010.

"Exchange Rate Proclamations and Inflation-Fighting Credibility." International Organization 64 (2):313-337. 2010.(with Alexandra Guisinger).

"International Institutions and Domestic Compensation: The IMF and the Politics of Capital Account Liberalization." American Journal of Political Science 54 (1):45-60. 2010. (with Bumba Mukherjee)

"The Global Financial Crisis: Lessons and Opportunities for International Political Economy." International Interactions 35 (4):420-429. 2009. (with Layna Mosley).

"Financial Regulation, Monetary Policy, and Inflation in the Industrialized World." Journal of Politics 70 (3):663-680. 2008. (with Mark S. Copelovitch).

"Taking Stock Seriously: Equity Market Performance, Government Policy, and Financial Globalization." International Studies Quarterly 52 (2):405-425. 2008. (with Layna Mosley).

Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System. Cornell University Press, 2007. Paperback, 2010.


17.464 IPE of Advanced Industrial Societies
17.962 Second-year Paper Seminar
17.115 International Political Economy (undergraduate)