The Bologna Insitute for Policy Research | Director Profile | Erik Jones
Erik Jones
Professor of European Studies

Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Director, Bologna Institute for Policy Research
Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College

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Dea Di Furia
Program Manager
Bologna Institute for Policy Research
The Johns Hopkins University
Via Belmeloro, 11
40126 Bologna, ITALY

Tel: +39 051 291 7887
email email Professor Erik Jones at Johns Hopkins

Curriculum Vitae

The short story is that I did my BA (AB) at Princeton University, and my MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS. As an academic, I have worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University, the University of Nottingham, and most recently the Johns Hopkins Bologna Center. For the period from 2011 to 2014, I have the privilege of being a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford. In addition, I am a regular commentator on E!Sharp, a contributing editor to the IISS journal Survival and I sit on the editorial boards for The International Spectator, the Journal of European Public Policy, Government and Opposition, and the Journal of European Integration.

If you want the long story, you can find my curriculum vitae here.

Research Interests

My research interests fall broadly in the field of political economy. In essence, this means that I try to answer questions about how politics influences economics and how economics influences politics. I wrote my first book on the politics surrounding Europe's economic and monetary union published by Rowman & Littlefield. For a sampling of the reviews, see:

My second book is on the relationship between economic adjustment and political change in Belgium and the Netherlands.  That book was published by Oxford University Press in May 2008.  Here is a copy of the cover.


The image next to the book cover gives you a sense of what the book is about -- it is a "wordle" generated from the text of the book.  The larger the words, the more often they are used.  This is about as artistic as I get.

I was invited to launch the book in Belgium at the Itinera Institute, which is a relatively new think tank devoted to public policy research.  The event was well covered by the Flemish press.  For a sample of the commentary, see:

The people at Itinera were terrific and I am very grateful for their willingness to organize and publicize the event.  They also agreed to publish a short paper based on the book which you can find here.

The academic reviews of the book can be found here:

My third book is jointly written with Dana Allin from the IISS in London and looks at the future of United States global leadership. The title is Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity. This was a fun piece that we developed over a couple of years through essays we wrote either jointly or separately for Dana's journal Survival.

Edited Books and Special Issues

I have co-edited a number of books, among the most recent of which are:

  • Oxford Handbook on the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.  With Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherill.
  • Europe Today, Fourth Edition. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.  With Ronald Tiersky and Saskia van Genugten.
  • Developments in European Politics 2. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011.  With Paul Heywood, Martin Rhodes, and Ulrich Sedelmeier.
  • European Security and the Future of Transatlantic Relations. Rome: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2011.  With Riccardo Alcaro.
  • Italian Politics: Managing Uncertainty. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.  With Marco Giuliani.
  • The 2008 Presidential Elections: A Story in Four Acts. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.  With Salvatore Vassallo.
  • European Responses to the Global Financial Crisis. Bologna: CLUEB, 2009.  With Laura Beke.
  • The Future of European Foreign Policy. London: Routledge, 2009.  With Saskia van Genugten.

I have also edited or co-edited special issues of journals, including:

Recent Commentary

Sometimes I try to say something for the popular media.  This includes a monthly column for E!Sharp, which is an on-line policy magazine run out of Brussels. This is much harder than it looks and I am very grateful to the many people who have helped me find outlets for my essays.  I am also grateful to the editors for making sure I make sense.  Here is some of the more recent work:

Recent Articles (selected)

This is a collection of articles that I wrote for periodicals--some of which were anonymously refereed by my peers while others were not.  Comments are welcome here as well, although I cannot promise to be able to make them any better.

For a full list of publications including contributions to edited volumes, please see my cv (above). Please note that any draft work posted on this page should not be cited without checking with me first.