Deborah Boucoyannis specializes in comparative politics, especially the theoretical and historical origins of liberalism and the state. 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 Politics and the Seymour Martin Lipset Best Dissertation Award from the Society for Comparative Research.
Her work on the political theory/economy of early liberalism includes an article on Adam Smith, published in Perspectives on Politics. The article posits that Smith's system does not predict the inequalities that are believed, even among his best progressive interpreters, to flow inevitably from the market economy.
She also works in international relations, especially on the interconnections with political theory and comparative politics. Her article on liberalism and the balance of power argues that the balance of power is a fundamentally liberal concept, despite its interpretation and transformation in most international relations scholarship. It received the divisional nomination for the Franklin L. Burdette Award by APSA and appeared in Perspectives on Politics.
Her Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Virginia, she was a pre-doctoral 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 Advising Award and multiple teaching awards. She is also a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.
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