Julia Gray

Lauder Co-Director
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: jcgray@sas.upenn.edu

As the Lauder Co-Director, Julia Gray serves as the liaison between the Lauder Institute and the School of Arts & Sciences on matters related to SAS coursework and faculty. Julia Gray is an Associate Professor of Political Science, with a secondary appointment in Wharton’s Business Ethics and Legal Studies department. She specializes in international organizations and international political economy. Her research centers on international economic relations and economic organizations in emerging markets.

Specifically, she focuses on international organizations and reputations, and on how and whether states and bureaucracies in international agreements implement their mandates. She also studies how institutions change in emerging markets. Her book, The Company States Keep: International Economic Organizations and Investor Perceptions in Emerging Markets, received the 2013 Lepgold Book Prize for the best book published in international relations. She is currently working on a book manuscript on survival and adaptation in international economic organizations over time, and the inefficiencies and pathologies that can emerge in these organizations.

Professor Gray previously served as a fellow at the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute; Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC; and, Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. Prior to her academic career, she spent five years working in journalism and in the nonprofit sector in Prague and in Budapest.

Professor Gray received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MSc with distinction in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, and a BA summa cum laude from Amherst College.