Elena McLean


Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Rochester

Email: elenamcl@buffalo.edu

Phone: 716-645-8444

Office: 507 Park Hall

Curriculum Vitae: CV

Personal Website: http://elenamclean.weebly.com

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Courses Taught:

Introduction to World Politics

International Political Economy

Introduction to Political Science Research

International Institutions


Current Research:

Design of sanctions and aid policies, and their intended and unintended consequences; informal politics in international organizations, and their effects on environmental and economic cooperation.


Brief Bio: 

Elena V. McLean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.  She specializes in the study of international political economy and international institutions, with a focus on foreign aid, economic sanctions, and environmental cooperation. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, International Organization, the Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She received her B.A. from Lawrence University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.


Selected Recent Research:

“Economic Sanctions, Transnational Terrorism, and the Incentive to Misrepresent” (with  Navin Bapat, Luis De la Calle and Kaisa Hinkkainen). Journal of Politics.

 “A Strategic Theory of International Environmental Assistance.” 2015. Journal of Theoretical Politics 27(2):324–347.

 “Multilateral Aid and Domestic Economic Interests.” 2015. International Organization 69(1):97–130.

“Designing Foreign Policy: Voters, Special Interest Groups, and Economic Sanctions” (with Taehee Whang). 2014. Journal of Peace Research 51(5):589-602.

 “Coercion, Information, and the Success of Sanction Threats” (with Taehee Whang and Douglas Kuberski). 2013. American Journal of Political Science 57(1):65-81.

 “Donors’ Preferences and Agent Choice: Delegation of European Development Aid.” 2012. International Studies Quarterly 56(2):381–395.

 “The Kyoto Protocol: Two-Level Bargaining and European Integration” (with Randall Stone). 2012. International Studies Quarterly 56(1):99–113.