David Leblang

Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Director of the Global Policy Center
Phone Number
Office Location/Room Number
Garrett L028, Gibson S281
Curriculum Vitae
Education & Training
PhD (political science), Vanderbilt University, 1993
Courses Taught
Economics of Public Policy II

David Leblang is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and is a Faculty Associate at the Miller Center where he is the J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance.  He is also a Professor of Public Policy at the University’s Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy where he is Director of the Global Policy Center.  Since 2010 he has served as Department Chair of the Department of Politics.  

A scholar the area of international political economy he is currently working on two major projects.  The first is a book-length study of the role that global migration plays in linking host and home countries and how these linkages help explain observed patterns of international investment, remittance flows, and the spread of democracy.  The second project is related but focuses on the destination choices of refugees and illegal migrants.  Prior to studying flows of migrants and refugees, Leblang’s projects were in the area of global capital flows: the causes and consequences of exchange rate arrangements, capital controls, and currency crises.  His work has been published in the outlets such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, World Politics and Economics and Politics.  He currently serves on the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society and is the editor of SSRN’s International Political Economy’s Migration eJournal.

Prior to arriving at the University of Virginia in 2008, Leblang held teaching positions at the University of Colorado, the University of North Texas and the College of William and Mary.  He has been a visiting scholar in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission’s Directorate of Economics and Finance, and has been a visiting fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano in Milan, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.  In 2015 Leblang was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award by the University of Virginia and in 2016 he received the Outstanding Mentoring Award from the Society of Women in International Political Economy of the International Studies Association.