Johannes Urpelainen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.  His current research interests include international institution design, global governance, international regulation, democratic accountability, and domestic-international linkages. Urpelainen specializes in international cooperation and political economy; his research draws on game-theoretic methodology.

Urpelainen received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Tampere.  He received a Ph.D. from the University Michigan.


Johannes Urpelainen, Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help,
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Principal Articles

Johannes Urpelainen, “Regulation Under Economic Globalization,” International Studies Quarterly 54, no. 4 (2010): 1099.
Johannes Urpelainen, “Enforcement and Capacity Building in International Cooperation,” International Theory 2, no. 1 (2010): 32.
Johannes Urpelainen, “Political-Economic Problems in Trade Capacity Building,” Review of International Organizations 4, no. 4 (2009): 329.
Johannes Urpelainen, “Explaining the Schwarzenegger Phenomenon: Local Frontrunners in Climate Policy,” Global Environmental Politics 9, no. 3 (2009): 82.