David Rapkin

David Rapkin

Associate Professor

At A Glance


531 Oldfather Hall


I enjoy travelling, recreational water sports (kayaking, canoeing, rafting) hiking, bicycling, and collecting African art.

Research Areas

I teach and research in the area of global political economy, with emphases on the Asia-Pacific and on hegemonic leadership.

Current Research

My current research examines democratic governance in international organizations, mainly in the International Monetary Fund.



  • Recent articles have appeared in New Political Economy, World Development, The World Economy, and Review of International Studies.
  • International Studies Association's International Political Economy Yearbook (co-editor)
  • chapter in William Thompson's 1999 edited book, Great Power Rivalries, entitled "The Emergence and Intensification of U.S.-Japan Rivalry in the Early Twentieth Century"
  • "Is International Competitiveness a Property of National Economies?" in the March Journal of International Political Economy 1,2
  • co-authored two 1997 journal articles with Jonathan R. Strand, a department grad student: "Institutional Adjustment to Changed Power Distributions: Japan and the United States in the IMF." in Global Governance, and "The U.S. and Japan in the Bretton Woods Institutions: Sharing or Contesting Leader-ship?" in International Journal

Career Highlights

  • Graduate chair and department chair at UNL
  • Visiting professor at Tsukuba University in Japan during 1988-1990 and 1996-1998
  • Ph.D., Florida State University, 1979