Eric Helleiner

Professor, Political Science

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  University Profile

Eric Helleiner is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics.

His single authored books include The Contested World Economy: The Deep and Global Roots of International Political Economy (Cambridge, 2023), The Neomercantilists: A Global Intellectual History (Cornell, 2021), States and the Reemergence of Global Finance (Cornell, 1994), The Making of National Money: Territorial Currencies in Historical Perspective (Cornell, 2003), Towards North American Monetary Union? The Politics and History of Canada’s Exchange Rate Regime (McGill-Queen’s, 2006), The Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order (Cornell, 2014), and The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance After the 2008 Meltdown (Oxford, 2014).

He is also co-editor of Nation-States and Money (1999), Economic Nationalism in a Globalizing World (2005), The Future of the Dollar (2009), Global Finance in Crisis: The Politics of International Regulatory Change (2010),  The Great Wall of Money: Politics and Power in China’s International Monetary Relations (2014) and Governing the World’s Biggest Market: The Politics of Regulating Derivatives Markets After the 2008 Crisis (2018). He has edited/co-edited a number of special issues/sections of journals on the following topics: The Political Economy of International Capital Mobility (1994), The Geopolitics of North-South Monetary Relations (2002), The Dollar’s Destiny as a World Currency (2008), The Geopolitics of Sovereign Wealth Funds (2009), Crisis and the Future of Global Financial Governance (2009), and The Greening of Global Financial Markets? (2011).

He has also published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and has been a member of the Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform and the High Level Panel on the Governance of the Financial Stability Board. He has received the IPE Distinguished Scholar Award (International Studies Association), Killam Research Fellowship, the CPSA Prize in International Relations, the Trudeau Foundation Fellows Prize, the Donner Book Prize, the Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations, the Excellence in Arts Award, the Marvin Gelber Essay Prize in International Relations, and the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has been a Canada Research Chair and a CIGI Chair. He is presently co-editor of the book series Cornell Studies in Money, and has served as co-editor of the journal Review of International Political Economy and associate editor of the journal Policy Sciences. He has taught courses on topics such as global politics, international political economy, globalization, global governance, politics of global finance, and the state and economic life.


  • IPE Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association (2020)
  • Killam Research Fellowship (2017-19)
  • Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations, International Studies Association (2016)
  • Excellence in Arts Award, University of Waterloo (Awarded “in recognition of exceptional research achievement” in the Faculty of Arts) (2016)
  • Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo (2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007)
  • Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (2015)
  • Canadian Political Science Association Prize in International Relations (for “the best book published, in English or French, in the field of international relations in 2013 or 2014”) (2015)
  • Trudeau Foundation Fellow Prize (2007-10)
  • Donner Book Prize (“the best book on Canadian public policy”), Donner Canadian Foundation (2006)
  • Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, Trent University (2004)
  • President’s Prize for Promising Scholars, York University (1996)
  • Marvin Gelber Essay Prize in International Relations, Canadian Institute for International Affairs (1991)

Select Publications


  • Ph.D. (1991) London School of Economics, Department of International Relations
  • M.Sc. (1987) London School of Economics, Politics of the World Economy
  • B.A. (1986) University of Toronto, Economics and Political Science
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