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Jeffrey A. Wright

Jeffrey A. Wright

Research topic:
Power and Representation in Intergovernmental Organizations
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Institutions and organisations International cooperation Representation 

Academic Profile

I am a political scientist at Oxford University (Nuffield College), and a Visiting Fellow at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Prior to my doctoral studies I was a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, where I advised heads of medicines agencies from eleven countries and the European Union on the design of a new trans-governmental organization, the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities, which launched in 2015. I also served as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where I contributed analysis to national demonstrations and evaluations designed to promote economic mobility and self-sufficiency among vulnerable populations. Originally from Montello, WI, I received my M.Phil. from Oxford (Balliol College) in 2012, as a Weidenfeld Scholar, and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 2009, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa and Comprehensive Honors, the university's highest degree.

Research statement

My research agenda is situated at the intersections of political representation, institutional design, and global governance. It is motivated by two questions: What are the determinants of formal representation in international institutions? And how and why does formal representation affect the performance of these institutions? The aim of my work is both positive and normative. I seek to improve our body of knowledge about how state actors purposefully shape representation to achieve their aims, as well as how representation, like other aspects of design, can have unintended effects as time goes on. However, there is an important normative dimension here, too. Representation has distributional consequences. It elevates the voices of some and diminishes the voices of others, and often does so in ways that undermine fairness, equity, and effectiveness, notwithstanding norms of sovereign equality. Re-thinking representation will be a critical prerequisite to future global stability and cooperation.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Please visit https://www.jeffrey-wright.net/teaching.


  • Finalist, Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award, OUSU, University of Oxford, 2017-2018
  • Quantitative Methods Graduate Scholarship, DPIR, University of Oxford, 2016-2018 (2)
  • Departmental Studentship, DPIR, University of Oxford, 2013-2015
  • Weidenfeld Scholarship, University of Oxford, 2010-2012
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship, 2008
  • Elaine C. Davis Prize, University of Wisconsin, 2008
  • Trewartha Honors Research Grant, University of Wisconsin Honors Program, 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Wisconsin, 2008


Council on Foreign Relations publications

  1. "Designing a Global Coalition of Medicines Regulators," with Stewart M. Patrick. Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 48. New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press. August 2014.
  2. "International Regulatory and Standard-Setting Bodies: A Compendium." Council on Foreign Relations. 8 May 2014. [PDF]
  3. "Ensuring the Safety and Quality of the Global Supply Chain for Medicines: Regulatory Challenges and Lessons From Other Sectors." A workshop summary report. Council on Foreign Relations. 2 January 2014.
  4. "Rising Regionalism: Trends in Southeast (and Wider) Asia." A workshop summary report. Council on Foreign Relations. 13 November 2013. [PDF]
  5. "Emerging Indonesia: Implications for World Order and International Institutions." A workshop summary report. Council on Foreign Relations. 27 September 2013. [PDF]
  6. "Background Document: The Global Regulation of Medicines," with Stewart M. Patrick and Murray M. Lumpkin. Council on Foreign Relations. 12 September 2013

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • "Revisiting the Governance Triangle: The Evolution of Regulatory Standards Schemes," coauthored with Kenneth W. Abbott and Duncan Snidal, ISA 2019 (Toronto)
  • "Explaining Representation in Global Governance: Theories and Hypotheses," ISA 2017 (Baltimore) and MPSA 2016 (Chicago)
  • "Non-Permanent Membership on the United Nations Security Council: The Politics of Election, 1966-2010," ISA 2016 (Atlanta) and MPSA (Chicago)
  • "The Role of Reputation in UN Security Council Elections," seminar series presentation at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, 28 June 2013