William W. Grimes
Chair of International Relations; Professor of International Relations and Political Science. (BA, Yale University; MPA, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; PhD, Princeton University)
Specialization: Japanese and East Asian Political Economy, Japanese Politics, International Political Economy.
William W. Grimes has taught in the IR Department at Boston University since 1996. Before becoming department chair in 2010, he helped to found BU Center for the Study of Asia and served as its first director from 2008-10. Previously, he spent time as a post-doctoral researcher and as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard University.
Grimes is the author of Unmaking the Japanese Miracle: Macroeconomic Politics, 1985-2000 (Cornell University Press, 2001) and Currency and Contest in East Asia: The Great Power Politics of Financial Regionalism (Cornell University Press, 2008), as well as co-editor (with Ulrike Schaede) of Japan’s Managed Globalization: Adapting to the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). Currency and Contest in East Asia was awarded the 2010 Masayoshi Ohira Prize for outstanding book on the Pacific Basin and received an Honorable Mention in the competition for the Asia Society’s Bernard Schwartz Book Award in 2009. He has published articles, book chapters, monographs, and commentary on East Asian financial regionalism, the impacts of financial globalization in Japan, Japanese monetary policy making, US-Japan relations, and related topics. His current research focuses on the effects of the 2008-9 global financial crisis on regional cooperation as well as on competition among financial market centers in East Asia.
Grimes has spent time as a visiting researcher at the Japanese Ministry of Finance in 1992-93, 1999, 2000, and 2005 and as a visitor at the Bank of Japan in 2001. He has been the recipient of various fellowships and awards over the years, including two Fulbright fellowships and a book-writing grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. He is an active lecturer in Japan and the United States in both academic and policy venues and has been recognized for his teaching and advising at Boston University.
Grimes is committed to policy-relevant research and works regularly with government officials and financial professionals, particularly from the United States and Japan. He is a Research Associate of the National Asia Research Program (a joint project of the National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.