David P. Calleo

David P. Calleo is an American scholar—a student of European and American politics, history and political economy—based at the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he is the Dean Acheson Professor. He also holds the title of University Professor.



Evolution of the International System

The course is taught with Dr. Christopher Chivvis and is a Johns Hopkins SAIS history core exam.
It provides an historical and global geopolitical framework for understanding how the modern global system has evolved. It focuses on three broad motifs: (1) the dialectical nature of the European State System, (2) the relationship of Europe to the rest of the world, and (3) the progressive rise of non-European Powers and the growing challenge these have posed to Europe’s dominant position in the world assilating between hegemony and the balance of power. It concludes with reflections on the contemporary international system and its principal actors, with an eye to defining prospects in the 21st century.


Major Ideas in Modern Political Economy

The course analyses particular texts of a series of modern theorists. Each week is devoted to discussion of a major writer from 18th century to the present, who has shaped modern economic and political thought. Writers studied include: Jean Jaques Rousseau, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Richard Cobden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Friedrich List, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, V.I. Lenin, Bernard Bosanquet, Joseph Schumpeter, Friedrich von Hayek and John M. Keynes. The discussion addresses cultural context and general world views. The course requires frequent short papers and is useful for relating economics and politics by putting economic doctrines in general historical and philosophical context.


European Research Seminar

A transatlantic seminar held in videoconforence between Washington and Bologna. Prof. Calleo from Washington and Prof. Jones from Bologna guide the conversation of a group of doctoral and advanced M.A. students. After a series of sessions focusing on major issues related to the EU and its evolution, students develop an original research paper. For Doctoral students the course serves as a way of developing and refining their dissertation topic. For M.A. cnadidates it is a chance to write a major paper tied to their interests.


America, Europe and the World Political Economy

The course studies linkages between America’s domestic economy and its geopolitical and economic roles from the 1920’s to the present. It surveys American economic policy, domestic and foreign, and the ideas, events, and geopolitical and military concerns that have shaped policy through successive administrations. It discusses the legacy of the interwar and wartime years and subsequently tracks U.S. policy and foreign reactions to it from the Truman administration to the present. The course blends history, economics, and international relations in an effort to explain their interplay.