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Helen V. Milner or Helen Milner (born 1958) is a political scientist who has written extensively on issues related to international political economy like international trade, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization and regionalism, and the relationship between democracy and trade policy.



She graduated with honors in international relations at Stanford University in 1980 and obtained her Ph.D in Political Science at Harvard University in 1986.

Since 2004 she is the B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. She was the Department Chair from 2006-2008.

Since 1986 she was a professor at Columbia University and was between 2001 and 2004 James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations at Columbia University.

For the moment, she is conducting research on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the digital divide and the global diffusion of the internet, and the relationship between globalization and environmental policy.

Academic awards and honors




  • The International Library of Writings on the New Global Economy. General editor of multi-volume series. London: Edward Elgar, 2002/3.
  • Political Science: The State of the Discipline III. Coedited with Ira Katznelson. NY: Norton. 2002.
  • Interests, Institutions and Information: Domestic Politics and International Relations. Princeton University Press, 1997.
  • The Political Economy of Economic Regionalism. Coedited with Edward Mansfield. NY: Columbia University Press, 1997.
  • Internationalization and Domestic Politics. Coedited with Robert Keohane. NY: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  • The Library of International Political Economy. General editor of multi-volume series. London: Edward Elgar, 1993.
  • East-West Trade and the Atlantic Alliance. Coedited with David Baldwin. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1990.
  • The Political Economy of National Security: An Annotated Bibliography. Coedited with David Baldwin. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989.
  • Resisting Protectionism: Global Industries and the Politics of International Trade, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988.


  • "The Digital Divide: The Role of Domestic Political Institutions in the Spread of the Internet" in Comparative Political Studies, 39, (2006), x.
  • "Globalization, Development, and International Institutions: Normative and Positive Perspectives" in Perspectives on Politics, 3, (2005),4.
  • "Why the Move to Free Trade? Democracy and Trade Policy in the Developing Countries" (co-authored with Keiko Kubota) in International Organization, x, 2005, x.
  • "Partisanship, Trade Policy and Globalization: Is there a Left-Right Party Divide on Trade Policy?" (co-authored with Benjamin Judkins) in International Studies Quarterly, 48, 2004,1, pp. 95-119.
  • "Why Democracies Cooperate More: Electoral Control and International Trade Agreements" (co-authored with Edward Mansfield and B. Peter Rosendorff in International Organization,56, (2002), 3, pp. 477-513.
  • "Replication, Realism, and Robustness: Analyzing Political Regimes and International Trade" (co-authored with Edward Mansfield and B. Peter Rosendorff) in American Political Science Review, 96, (2002), 1, pp. 167-169.
  • "The Optimal Design of International Institutions: Why Escape Clauses are Essential." (co-authored with B. Peter Rosendorff) in International Organization, 55, (2001), 4, pp. 829-857.
  • "Product Standards and International and Regional Competition." (coauthored with Marc Austin) in Journal of European Public Policy, 8, (2001), 3, pp. 411-431.
  • "Free to Trade? Democracies, Autocracies, and International Trade Negotiations." (co-authored with Edward Mansfield and B. Peter Rosendorff) in American Political Science Review, 94, (2000), 2, pp. 305-322.
  • "The Political Economy of Regionalism" (coauthored with Edward Mansfield) in International Organization, 53, (1999), 3, pp. 589-627.
  • "The Political Economy of International Trade." in Annual Review of Politics, 2, (1999), x, pp. 91-114.
  • "Rationalizing Politics: The Emerging Synthesis of International, American and Comparative Politics" in International Organization, 52, (1998), 4, pp. 759-786.
  • "International Political Economy: Beyond American Hegemony." in Foreign Policy, x, (1998), 110, pp. 112-124. [1]
  • "Democratic Politics and International Trade Negotiations: Elections and Divided Government as Constraints on Trade Liberalization" (co-authored with B. Peter Rosendorff) in Journal of Conflict Resolution, 41, (1997), 1, pp. 117-146.
  • "Trade Negotiations, Information and Domestic Politics." (coauthored with B. Peter Rosendorff) in Economics and Politics, 8, (1996), 2, pp. 145-189.
  • "Regional Economic Cooperation, Global Markets and Domestic Politics: A Comparison of NAFTA and the Maastricht Treaty" in Journal of European Public Policy, 2, (1995), 3, pp. 337-360.
  • "American Debt and World Power" in International Journal, 43, (1993), 3, pp. 527-560.
  • "International Theories of Cooperation among Nations: A Review Essay," in World Politics, 44, (1992), 3, pp. 466-496.
  • "The Assumption of Anarchy in International Relations: A Critique," in Review of International Studies, 17, (1991), 1, pp. 67-85.
  • "An Alternative to Free Trade or Protectionism: Why Corporations Seek Strategic Trade Policy" (co-authored with David Yoffie) in California Management Review, 31, (1989), 4, pp. 111-131.
  • "Domestic and International Sources of Economic Cooperation: Oil Politics in the 1940s and 1970s" in International Spectator, 24, (1989), 3/4, pp. 141-151.
  • "Between Free Trade and Protectionism: Strategic Trade Policy and a Theory of Corporate Preferences" (co-authored with David Yoffie) in International Organization, 43, (1989), 2, pp. 239-272.
  • "Trading Places: Industries for Free Trade" in World Politics, 40, (1988), 3, pp. 350-376.
  • "Lost Hegemony?" (co-authored with Jack Snyder) in International Organization, 42, (1988), 4, pp. 749-50.
  • "Resisting the Protectionist Temptation: Industry and the Making of Trade Policy in France and the US in the 1970s" in International Organization, 41, (1987), 4, pp. 639-665.

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