Florida State University

Political Science

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Raphael Cunha

Assistant Professor

Specialization: International Political Economy

Areas of Interest: International and comparative political economy, and the politics of international finance.

Bellamy 566 (By Appointment)



Curriculum Vitae


Raphael Cunha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. Before joining FSU, Cunha was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. His research lies at the intersection of international and comparative political economy with a focus on the politics of financial globalization. Cunha investigates why and how global capital mobility shapes politics and policies in developing countries. Methodologically, Cunha is interested in quantitative methods for the study of complex and dynamic interdependencies in political economy data, including multivariate time series analysis, spatial econometrics, and social network analysis. In his past non-academic life, Cunha was a policy analyst on international trade for Brazil’s Ministry of Finance.

Selected Publications

“Global Banking and the Spillovers from Political Shocks at the Core of the World Economy” (with Andreas Kern). Review of International Organizations. Forthcoming.

“Sovereign Risk and Government Change: Elections, Ideology and Experience” (with Sarah M. Brooks & Layna Mosley). Comparative Political Studies. Forthcoming.

“Categories, Creditworthiness, and Contagion: How Investors’ Shortcuts Affect Sovereign Debt Markets” (with Sarah M. Brooks & Layna Mosley). 2015. International Studies Quarterly 59(3): 587–601.