John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science
Professor of International and Public Affairs
Areas of Interest: Transnational crime and crime control, borders and border security, immigration and drug control policy.
Peter Andreas is the John Hay Professor of International Studies. He joined the Institute in the fall of 2001, and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Political Science. Previously, Andreas was an academy scholar at Harvard University, a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, and an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellow on International Peace and Security. He holds an MA and PhD in government from Cornell University and a BA in political science from Swarthmore College.
Andreas is the author, co-author, or co-editor of eleven books. These include Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press, 2013, selected by Amazon and by Foreign Affairs as one of the best books of the year), Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo (Cornell University Press, 2008); Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2006); and Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide (Cornell University Press, 2000, second edition 2009, third edition 2020). His most recent book is a political memoir, Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 2017, selected by Foreign Affairs as a best book of the year). His new book, Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs (Oxford University Press, 2020), explores the relationship between warfare and mind altering substances, from ancient times to the present.
Andreas has also written for a wide range of scholarly and policy publications, including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Harper's, Slate, andThe Nation. Other writings include congressional testimonies and op-eds in major newspapers, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and The Guardian.
The clandestine dimensions of globalization involve illicit cross-border flows of people, goods, money and information. This project critically examines the interaction between states and illicit flows across time, place, and commodity, focusing especially on the practice and politics of government policing efforts. The project, which bridges the study of security, political economy, and cross-border crime, involves a wide range of outputs and activities: books and edited volumes, scholarly and policy articles, conferences, and courses.
This includes books such as Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press, 2013); Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo (Cornell University Press, 2008); Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations (paperback edition, Oxford University Press, 2008); Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide (second edition, Cornell University Press, 2009); and Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict (Cornell University Press, 2010).
Other activities include recent policy and scholarly articles in such publications as Foreign Affairs and Political Science Quarterly; chapter contributions to edited volumes; co-editing a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Crime, Law & Social Change; organizing a conference (focusing on the relationship between violence and illicit markets) hosted and sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; op-eds in media outlets such as the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Bloomberg.com; and lectures in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The teaching component includes a lecture course on "The Politics of the Illicit Global Economy" a senior research seminar on "Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Markets," and a first-year seminar on "Drug War Politics."
Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs, Oxford University Press, 2020
"Crime, Violence, and Illicit Economies in Regional and Global Perspective," Perspectives on Politics (Vol. 17, No. 2, 2019)
"Drugs and War: What is the Relationship?" Annual Review of Political Science (2019)
"Border Collision" (with N. Brigden), in Katzenstein and Seybert, eds. Protean Power: Exploring the Unexpected in World Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2018
Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution, Simon & Schuster, 2017
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Drug War Politics
Contemporary Security Issues
April 6: Watson Institute book launch event
April 18: Point Street Reading Series "Reading with Robin", Providence
April 19: Redwood Library, Newport http://www.redwoodlibrary.
April 22: Barrington Books, Barrington http://www.barringtonbooks.
April 26: Macaulay Honors College, New York City https://macaulay.cuny.edu/
May 2: Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver http://www.tatteredcover.com/
May 3: Brown Club of Silicon Valley http://www.brownsv.
May 4: St. Francis Yacht Club/Brown Club of San Francisco
May 5: Book Passage Bookstore, San Francisco http://www.
May 7: Stories Books and Cafe, Los Angeles https://storiesla.com/blogs/
May 9: Annie Bloom's Books, Portland http://www.annieblooms.com/
May 10: Third Place Books, Seattle http://www.thirdplacebooks.
May 20: Books on the Square, Providence