William W. Grimes
Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Bio: William W. Grimes
William W. Grimes is a Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he has taught since 1996. He has previously served as the Pardee School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as the founding Director of the BU Center for the Study of Asia, as well as Chair of the former Department of International Relations. He teaches courses in East Asian political economy and international relations.
Professor Grimes’ work bridges comparative and international political economy. His work on Japanese politics and political economy includes Unmaking the Japanese Miracle: Macroeconomic Politics, 1985–2000 (Cornell University Press, 2001) and his co-edited volume (with Ulrike Schaede) Japan’s Managed Globalization: Adapting to the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2002), as well as a variety of articles and book chapters on the impacts of financial globalization in Japan, Japanese monetary policy making, US-Japan relations, and related topics. He has also written extensively on regional financial cooperation in East Asia. His book Currency and Contest in East Asia (Cornell University Press, 2009) 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. His current research focuses on the political economy of regional financial cooperation as well as the evolution of financial markets in East Asia.
Professor Grimes has spent time as a visiting researcher at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Japan, and several universities in Japan and Australia. He has been the recipient of various fellowships and awards over the years, including two Fulbright fellowships, the Masayoshi Ohira Prize, and two grants 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. Professor Grimes is committed to policy-relevant research and participates regularly in financial regulatory dialogues with government officials and financial professionals in the United States, Japan, China, and Europe.
Professor Grimes received his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, his M.P.A. in International Relations from the Princeton University School of International and Public Affairs, and his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.