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Ethan Kapstein

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Senior Director & Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Senior Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720

Ethan B. Kapstein is an Arizona Centennial Professor of International Affairs, professor in the School of Public Affairs and senior director for research at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington D.C., a think-tank associated with Arizona State University. He is also a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. He has previously held chaired positions at the University of Texas at Austin, INSEAD, and the University of Minnesota, Ethan has also served as a vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, principal administrator at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, and executive director of the Economics and National Security Program at Harvard University. He is a former international banker and has served as an officer in the United States Navy. A specialist in international economic relations, he has published widely in professional and policy journals, and is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the International Herald Tribune and Los Angeles Times. He is the author or editor of 10 books, the most recent of which is "AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations" (with Josh Busby). He has been a consultant to many private and public sector organizations, including Coca-Cola, Standard Chartered Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank and OECD, and has been a visiting professor at Sciences Po (Paris), the University of Nice, the National Institute for Defense Studies (Tokyo) and the National War College (Washington, D.C.). Professor Kapstein's free-time activities include sports (swimming, tennis, jogging), hiking, sailing and reading.

Research Interests: 
  • international economics
  • national security
  • economic development
  • Kapstein, Ethan B. and Busby, Josh. AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations. (2013).
Research Activity: 
  • Kapstein,Ethan B*. Reformist Intervention: US Strategy Towards the Developing World Since 1950. (1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015).
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 588Global Public Policy
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 588Global Public Policy
PAF 590Reading and Conference
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 588Global Public Policy
  • Economics Search Committee, SPA, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Thunderbird Integration Advisory Board, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Executive Master's of Public Affairs, Leadership Role (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Cold War Studies, Editorial Board (2005 - Present)