Miles Kahler teaches and conducts research in the fields of international politics and international political economy, including global governance, international monetary and financial cooperation, and Asia-Pacific regionalism. Recent publications and projects have centered on the changing role of emerging economies in world politics and global governance, the emergence of complex global governance, sources of cosmopolitanism and parochialism in contemporary politics, and challenges to the nation-state as a dominant unit in the international system.
As Senior Fellow for Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations, Professor Kahler has completed projects on the competitive and complementary relations between global and regional institutions, innovation in global governance, and international efforts to combat illicit financial flows. He has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy,University of Toronto, and he has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. He serves on the editorial boards of International Organization, Global Governance, and Global Summitry. Before joining the faculty of SIS as a Distinguished Professor, Kahler was Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He holds A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and an M.Phil degree from Oxford University.
SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation
SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D. C., 2012-13
- Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2007-08
- "Cosmopolitans and Parochials: Economy, Culture, and Political Context," In JP Singh, ed., Cultural Values and Political Economy. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020).
- “Global Governance: Three Futures,” International Studies Review, 20, 2 (June 2018), pp. 239-246.
- “Countering Illicit Financial Flows: Expanding Agenda, Fragmented Governance,” in Global Governance to Combat Illicit Financial Flows: Measurement, Evaluation, Innovation, Council on Foreign Relations, October 2018
- “Domestic Sources of Transnational Climate Governance,” International Interactions, 43, 1 (2017), pp. 156-174.
- “Regional Challenges to Global Governance,” Global Policy, 7 February 2017.
- “Asia’s Trump Peril: Reckoning with Economic Conflict,” Global Asia, 12, 4 (Winter 2017), pp. 26-31
- Co-editor and author (with Deborah Avant and Jason Pielemeier), “Innovations in Global Governance: Peace-Building, Human Rights, Internet Governance and Cybersecurity, and Climate Change,” Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017.
- “Complex Governance and the New Interdependence Approach (NIA),” Review of International Political Economy, 23, 5 (2016), pp. 825-839.
- “Who Is Liberal Now? Rising Powers and Global Norms,” In Amitav Acharya, editor, Why Govern: Rethinking Demand, Purpose and Progress in Global Governance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 55-73.
- “The Global Economic Multilaterals: Will Eighty Years Be Enough?” Global Governance, 22, 1 (February 2016), pp. 1-9.
Research and Editorial Appointments
- Senior Fellow for Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations 2014-
Member, Editorial Board: Global Summitry: Politics, Economics, and Law in International Governance
Associate Editor, International Relations Theory, Cambridge Elements in International Relations
Area of Expertise
international politics, international political economy, international monetary cooperation, global governance, regional institutions, IMF, World Bank.
Miles Kahler is an expert on international politics and international political economy, including international monetary cooperation, global governance, and regional institutions. Kahler was most recently Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations and distinguished professor of political science at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) and the Political Science Department, University of California, San Diego. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2012-2013), at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2007-2008), and at the Council on Foreign Relations (1994-1996 and currently). He is a member of the Editorial Board of International Organization. His current research centers on the role of emerging economies in global governance and challenges to the nation-state as a dominant unit in the international system. Recent publications include Integrating Regions: Asia in Comparative Context (co-editor, Stanford University Press), Politics in the New Hard Times (co-editor and contributor, Cornell University Press), and "Rising Powers and Global Governance: Negotiating Change in a Resilient Status Quo," (International Affairs, 2013).