Jeffrey Winters

PhD, Yale University

Professor Winters specializes on oligarchs and elites spanning a range of historical and contemporary cases, including ancient Athens and Rome, medieval Europe, the United States, as well as Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. His book, entitled Oligarchy (Cambridge University Press, 2011), was awarded APSA’s 2012 Gregory M. Luebbert Award for the Best Book in Comparative Politics. His research, publications, and teaching focus on the areas of comparative and international political economy, as well as comparative politics generally. Important themes in his work in addition to oligarchy include state-capital relations, capital mobility and the structural power of investors, the World Bank, human rights, authoritarianism, and democratic transitions in post-colonial states. He has conducted extensive research in the region of Southeast Asia.

His first book, Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State (Cornell University Press, 1996), explores the highly undemocratic structural power of those who control the investment resources everyone else depends upon to survive. With Jonathan Pincus, he co-edited Reinventing the World Bank (Cornell University Press, 2002), a wide-ranging critique of the Bank’s structure and operation. In this volume Winters explores the problem of “criminal debt,” especially in the Indonesian context. Both books were translated into Indonesian and published in Jakarta. He has also published two other books in Indonesian: in 1999, Dosa-Dosa Politik Orde Baru [Political Sins of Suharto’s New Order], the best-selling book in Indonesia that year, and, in 2004, Orba Jatuh, Orba Bertahan? [Indonesia’s “New Order” Falls or Endures?]. With co-author Prof. Ben Page, he wrote “Oligarchy in the United States?” which appeared in Perspectives on Politics in 2009.

In 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013, Professor Winters was named to the Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll for teaching excellence (chosen by student nomination and vote).

Professor Winters is the founder and Director of the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern.