Maxwell School

Daniel McDowell

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Daniel McDowell

Contact Information

308 Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-9804


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2012


International political economy, international finance, International Monetary Fund

Personal Website


International Relations
International Political Economy


“The U.S. as Sovereign International Last-Resort Lender: The Fed’s Currency Swap Program during the Great Panic of 2007-2009”, New Political Economy, April 2012, 17(2), 157-178.

Research Interests

My principal research project is entitled Brother, Can You Spare a Billion? The International Political Economy of U.S. Sovereign-to-Sovereign Bailouts. It investigates the causes and consequences of U.S. international financial bailouts of economies in crisis in from the early-1960s through the 2008 global financial crisis.

I have two research projects that focus on China's growing role in the global financial system. The first investigates China’s strategy to internationalize its currency, the renminbi. The second explores the methodology used by China’s first sovereign bond ratings agency (Dagong) and compares it to the methods used by the "big three" American ratings agencies.

Finally, I am also working on a study that explains variation in the speed of IMF lending over a 25 year period based on original data collected at the Fund's archive in Washington D.C.

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