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Erik Jones

Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy (on leave)


Erik Jones is Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (on-leave). He is also Senior Research Associate at the Istituto per gli studi di politica internazionale (ISPI), Milan. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). He also authored a book which is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years; he is married with three children.

For a recent curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, see his personal webpage.



  • Economics
  • Globalization
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • Governance
  • International Political Economy


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  • German
  • Italian

In the News

Is EU enlargement to Ukraine and Moldova credible?

The Loop published an article co-authored by Professor Anghel which discusses the possibility of both Ukraine and Moldova entering the European Union despite not meeting EU membership criteria. The authors mention previous EU membership promises to the countries of the Western Balkans, however, note that there may be a difference when security of the EU is in question.

Italy’s Election Paradox

Professor Erik Jones co-authored an article for Foreign Affairs, where he discussed why a strong Giorgia Meloni would be more advantageous than not. This is because a strong Meloni would be able to pull away from her coalition allies, for example Matteo Salvini.

Europe’s fault lines.

Erik Jones interviewed on Altamar podcast, 07/02

European Studies: Past, present, and future.

Erik Jones interviewed on New Books Network podcast, 05/07

Italy and Europe: From competence to solidarity to competence.

Erik Jones wrote in Contemporary Italian Politics, 04/15

Did the EU’s crisis response meet the moment?

Erik Jones wrote in Current History, 03/01

Why we need more diverse central bankers.

Erik Jones wrote in Survival, 12/02