John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science Professor of International and Public Affairs
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 ten 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); Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide (Cornell University Press, 2000, second edition 2009); and Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict (Cornell University Press, 2010). His most recent book is a political memoir, Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 2017). His current book project, Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs (under contract with Oxford University Press), 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.
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."
“International Politics and the Illicit Global Economy,” Perspectives on Politics (Fall, 2015), pp. 782-788.
“Illicit Americas: Historical Dynamics of Smuggling in U.S. Relations with its Neighbors,” in Jaskowski, Sotomayor, and Trinkunas, eds, American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
“The Global Illicit Economy 2030,” in Bratberg and Hamilton, eds. Global Flow Security: A New Security Agenda for the Transatlantic Community, Johns Hopkins/SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2014.
“Dialogue of the Deaf: Scholars, Practitioners, and the Drug War in U.S. Foreign Relations,” in Lowenthal and Bertucci, eds. Building Bridges: Scholars, Policymakers and International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
“The International Politics of Drugs and Illicit Trade in the Americas,” (coauthor w/Duran Martinez), in Dominguez, ed. Routledge Handbook on Latin America and the World, Routledge, 2014.
Post-Cold War Conflict (graduate seminar)
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy (lecture course)
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Markets (senior seminar)
Professor Peter Andreas argues in a column penned on the eve of the Fourth of July that Americans should consider the fact that the U.S. founders were relentless lawbreakers -- particularly of laws meant to restrict who and what was allowed to cross borders.
As sanctions restrict the legal flow of goods, people grow accustomed to the black market. In a 2005 study, Professor Peter Andreas noted that sanctions often breed "a higher level of public tolerance for lawbreaking and an undermined respect for the rule of law."
Political Science professor Peter Andreas in The New York Times, "My mother’s diaries made clear that she saw being a good mother and good revolutionary as the same thing, that there was no tension between the two and that those who thought otherwise just didn’t get it."