Cristina Bodea

Cristina Bodea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Bodea joined the MSU faculty in 2006, after earning a PhD degree from the University of Rochester (2006) and following a post doctoral research fellowship at Princeton University. From 2007 to 2009 she has been on leave from Michigan State, working as an Economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Bodea uses game theory and econometric methods in her work and is substantively interested in issues in the fields of international and comparative political economy, as well as political conflict and democratization.  More specifically, current interests include reputation building in exchange rate policy, central bank independence and government spending, as well as civil war, coups, and low intensity violence as alternative manifestations of domestic conflict. Work on exchange rates and central banks has been published or is forthcoming at International Organization, European Journal of Political Economy, Public Choice and Economics and Politics. Her work on conflict has been published in the Journal of African Economies and as working papers at the World Bank.




Comparative Politics, International Relations, Positive Political Theory

Research Specializations

Political Institutions, Civil and International Conflict, Political Economy

Recent Publications

Bodea, Cristina & Raymond, Hicks.  (Accepted 2014).  International finance and central bank independence: Institutional diffusion and the flow and cost of capital.  Forthcoming at the Journal of Politics.

Bodea, Cristina & Adrienne Lebas.  (Accepted 2014).  Beyond the Fiscal Contract: Attitudes toward Taxation in Urban Nigeria.  Forthcoming at the British Journal of Political Science.

Bodea, Cristina. (Accepted 2013). Fixed Exchange Rates, Independent Central Banks and Price Stability in Post-Communist Countries: Conservatism and Credibility. Forthcoming at Economics and Politics.

Bodea, Cristina & Hicks, Raymond. (Accepted 2013). Price Stability and Central Bank Independence: Discipline, Credibility and Democratic Institutions. Forthcoming at International Organization.

Bodea, Cristina (2013). Independent Central Banks, Regime Type and Fiscal Performance: The Case of Post-Communist Countries. Public Choice; 155(1-2): 81-107. DOI: 10.1007/s11127-011-9843-6

Bodea, Cristina. (2010). Exchange Rate Regimes and Independent Central Banks: A Correlated Choice of Imperfectly Credible Institution.  International Organization, 64: 411-442. DOI:10.1017/S0020818310000111.

Bodea, Cristina. (2010). The Political Economy of Fixed Exchange Rate Regimes: The Experience of Post-Communist Countries. European Journal of Political Economy; 26 (2): 248-264.

Bodea, Cristina & Elbadawi, Ibrahim A. (2008). Political Violence and Underdevelopment.?  Journal of African Economies; 17 (Supplement 2): 50-96. DOI: 10.1093/jae/ejn018

Bodea, Cristina
Office: 342 S. Kedzie
Phone Number: 517-353-7230