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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Ilene Grabel, Professor

Josef Korbel School Professor Ilene GrabelEmail:

Phone: 303-871-2546

Office: 164 Sie Cheou Kang Center, Ben M. Cherrington Hall
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver , CO 80208


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  • PhD, University of Massachusetts
  • MA, University of Massachusetts
  • BA, Queens College

Research and Expertise

Political economy of international finance; political economy of financial reform in developing countries; financial crises: causes, macroeconomic consequences, and preventative policies; international private capital flows; central banking and exchange rate regimes; macroeconomic policy options for developing economies; financial governance; currency conflicts; IMF and World Bank.

Professional Profile

  • Professor of International Economics, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2006-present), Associate Professor (1998-2006), Assistant Professor (1992-1998)
  • Co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy
  • Editorial Board Member of the Forum for Social Economics and the Review of Political Economy
  • Board of Directors, Association for Evolutionary Economics
  • Member, Scientific Board of the Group of Progressive Alliance of the European Parliament
  • Research partner, Centro de Estudios Financieros y Económicos de América del Norte (CEFENA), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (2012-present)
  • Consultant, United Nations Development Program, Human Development Report Office (2012)
  • Member, Task Force on Regulating Global Capital Flows for Long-Run Development, a project of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-range Future, Boston University (2011-2012)
  • Expert advisor, Third World Network project on capital controls and free trade agreements (2010-2011)
  • Lecturer, Cambridge Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics, Cambridge University, UK (2001-2008), Summer School on Institutionalist Economics, sponsored by the Association for Evolutionary Economics and the Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College (1999)
  • Visiting Faculty, Universidad Nacional - Costa Rica (1997), Woodrow Wilson Summer Institute on Public Policy and International, Affairs, University of Michigan, School of Public Policy (1996), Smith College (1991-1992)
  • Consultant, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Economic Development (UNCTAD)/Group of 24, the UN University's World Institute for Development Economics Research, ActionAID, the Bretton Woods Project, the Third World Network, New Rules for Global Finance, and more
  • Participated in the UN's Expert Group meeting on financial crisis
  • Addressed the Central Bank of Costa Rica, the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, and a conference of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)

Recent Publications

Chang, H. J. & Grabel, I. (2004). Reclaiming development: An alternative economic policy manual. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (To be reissued in 2014)

Grabel, I. (2013). Crisis financiera global y nuevas arquitecturas financieras para el desarrollo: Segunda parte. Ola Financiera, 14, 87-122.

Grabel, I. (2013). Global financial governance and development finance in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Feminist Economics, special issue on "Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises," 19(3), 1-23 (lead article).

Grabel, I. (2012). Crisis financiera global y la emergencia de nuevas arquitecturas financieras para el desarrollo: Primera parte. Ola Financiera, 13, 1-49.

Grabel, I. (2011). Not your grandfather's IMF: Global crisis, "productive incoherence," and developmental policy space. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 35, 805-830.


  • INTS 4320: International Monetary Relations
  • INTS 4355: Financial Systems and Economic Development
  • INTS 4357: Advanced Issues in the Political Economy of Monetary Relations
  • INTS 3600: Undergraduate International Monetary Relations