Friday, August 14, 2015

TEDxTalk from Nicholas Cary

If you're interested in better understanding Bitcoin, check out this new TEDxTalk from Nicholas Cary (IPE '07), co-founder of

Saturday, August 08, 2015

New Book: Money, Taste, and Wine: It's Complicated!

IPE Emeritus Professor Mike Veseth has a new book that's just been published: Money, Taste, and Wine: It's Complicated! You can read an excerpt from the book at Fortune magazine's website:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Arches magazine profile of Michelle Leung (IPE '11)

Check out the new Summer 2015 issue of Arches, Puget Sound's alumni magazine, for a profile of Michelle Leung (IPE '11), who is a channel manager at VICE News. (go to pp. 35-36)

Friday, June 05, 2015

Article on IPE alumnus Mat MacDonald ('01)

 Two Rock Wines owner Mat Macdonald (centre) sorting and selecting Cabernet grapes as they come from the vineyard into the winery at Harvest 2011, an event in Napa, California

Here's a profile of IPE alumnus Mat Macdonald ('01) in Bermuda's Royal Gazette. Mat is owner of Two Rock Wines, an importer, wholesaler, and retailer of fine wine in Bermuda. [Click here]

Monday, May 04, 2015

IPE thesis presentations

Here are some pictures from IPE thesis presentations in April 2015. 

IPE majors must write and defend a senior thesis in which they demonstrate their ability to analyze a complex question, bringing to bear both the depth of their knowledge and the breadth of their liberal arts education.

IPE Commencement Reception and Awards Ceremony

Dear Seniors,

I want to remind you that the IPE Commencement Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place in Kilworth Chapel on Friday, May 15th, 8:00-9:30 pm. Doors open at 7:30, and we start at 8:00 pm sharp. We expect everyone to attend.

At this ceremony, the IPE faculty will give out awards (the Pros Ta Akra Academic Achievement Awards, the Susan Strange Awards, the Distinguished Service Award) and hand out the cords that IPE majors wear during commencement. Refreshments and a reception in the Kilworth basement will follow the ceremony.

This is a special event, especially for your parents, so we encourage you to bring family or friends who are in town for commencement. Please let your family know the correct time, as a university page for commencement receptions has listed the wrong time. Dress is business casual.

If you have any questions, you can contact your thesis advisor or the IPE chair, Brad Dillman. We hope your semester if wrapping up well, and we look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jesse Lehrman (IPE '14)

It was nice to catch up with Jesse Lehrman (IPE '14), who was visiting campus today. He has spent the last year teaching third and fourth grade students at a school in northern Thailand as part of Teach Thailand Corps. After a short stay in the U.S., he plans to head back to Thailand for a second year of teaching.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Garden Practices activity course

This year marks the first offering of a quarter-credit activity course called "Garden Practices" (ENVR 356). Led by seniors Rose Hanrahan and Mally Wyld with the help of IPE professor Emelie Peine, Garden Practices introduces students to the basic principles of organic vegetable and fruit cultivation in the Pacific Northwest. Students are learning how to build hoop houses for year-round gardening, how to identify and manage common pests, and how to rotate crops for soil nutrient management. They are even growing kale that will soon be showing up in salads, pasta, and other fare at the SUB, so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

IPE Senior Dinner photos

The IPE Program held its Senior Dinner on April 8th. This is an annual event at which we honor seniors and invite several IPE alumni to come. This year we were joined by Sam Riggs ('08), Anna Riggs ('09), and Derek Leuzzi ('08), who spoke about their experiences and career trajectories since graduating.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Professor Ly to be Puget Sound's first exchange scholar at Fujian Normal University in China

Pierre Ly, Associate Professor in the International Political Economy (IPE) program, has been selected to be the first exchange scholar for the Puget Sound – Fujian Normal University Faculty Exchange Program, generously supported by the Charles Garnet Trimble Foundation. Pierre's research, co-authored with his wife, Professor Cynthia Howson from the University of Washington Tacoma, explores the development of the Chinese wine industry. The story of Chinese wine is about politics, globalization, economic growth, environmental challenges, land rights, and governance. In short, IPE! In summer 2013 and 2014, Pierre and Cynthia traveled to major Chinese wine regions to interview winery owners, winemakers, grape growers, journalists, retailers, consultants and experts. They look forward to exchanging ideas with colleagues and students at Fujian Normal University in September 2015, and to discovering the beautiful city of Fuzhou.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Professor Anthony D'Costa speaking on Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:30pm in Trimble Forum

ASUPS Lectures will be hosting Professor Anthony D'Costa from the University of Melbourne to speak on campus this Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:30pm in Trimble Forum. Professor D'Costa's lecture is titled "Compressed Capitalism, Globalization, and the Fate of Indian Development."

Anthony P. D’Costa, Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies
Australia India Institute and SSPS (Development Studies), University of Melbourne

Prior to joining Melbourne University, he was Research Director and A.P. Moller-Maersk Professor of Indian Studies, Asia Research Centre at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (2008-13). He was also with the University of Washington for 18 years. He has written extensively on the political economy of steel, auto, and IT industries covering themes of capitalism and globalization, development, innovations, and industrial restructuring.

Compressed Capitalism, Globalization, and the Fate of Indian Development:
India’s economic turnaround since the 1980s and since 1991 has been widely credited as a result of economic reforms. Gradual and systematic deregulation at home and increased international integration promises even better economic performance. This is only partly true since a good part of India is untouched by economic reforms in any meaningful way. I will argue that the working of compressed capitalism, that is, primitive accumulation, is an ongoing feature in India and coexists with advanced sectors on a high road to accumulation. However, the dispossession and displacement of people and the persistence of petty commodity production in the context of technology-led, enclave-based economic production add to the development conundrum. The resulting inequality (and polarization) in India in an expanding economy is thus not an anomaly but a reflection of systemic dynamics of contemporary.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Food Justice Lecture (sponsored by the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement)

The Global Co-op Movement: Justice through Democratizing the Economy (Food Justice Lecture Series)

Wednesday, April 1st, Wyatt 109

What do coffee farmers in Ethiopia, Basques in authoritarian Spain, sex workers in Mumbai, India, and Sri Lankans devastated by the 2004 tsunami have in common? They all used co-ops - democratically owned businesses - to overcome social and economic challenges. Come take a look at the global co-op movement and some exciting examples of people using co-ops to solve problems in their home, their community, and their nation.

This talk and discussion will be led by Jeff Bessmer, the General Manager of the Tacoma Food Co-Op on 6th Avenue. Jeff has served as a manager at grocery and housing co-ops in Madison, WI and Santa Barbara, CA and holds a Masters of Management: Cooperatives and Credit Unions degree. He has both international and local experience that allows him to make this framework accessible from multiple vantage points. Hope to see you there!

***The discussion will be held in Wyatt Hall, room #109**.

Here's the link to the facebook event:

Brownbag photos

Here are a few photos from Professor Kontogeorgopoulos' brownbag presentation on "Rural Tourism and Community Empowerment in Northern Thailand."

Monday, March 02, 2015

IPE Brownbag with Professor Kontogeorgopoulos

Reminder: IPE Brownbag with Professor Kontogeorgopoulos on Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:30-1:30 in Trimble Forum. Hope to see you there.

In the past decade, community based tourism (CBT) has emerged as an important component of the domestic tourism market in Thailand, signifying trends that are more encouraging than those associated with more conventional forms of tourism in Thailand. Many rural communities in Thailand struggle to sustain CBT projects, but it is nevertheless possible, with the right combination of circumstances, to pursue successful CBT. The case study of Mae Kampong, a village in the Northern Thai province of Chiang Mai that is renowned nationally as a showcase CBT community, illustrates that fortunate geographical conditions, external support, and transformational leadership represent the most important determinants of success for CBT in Thailand.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nicholas Vasilius talk sponsored by Four Horsemen Investments

Nick Vasilius (IPE '07) will give a talk this Friday, February 27th, as part of the Four Horsemen Investments Speaker Series. It's at 4pm in McIntyre 103

Nick is Assistant Manager of Portfolio Risk & Analysis at PACCAR, and he's also a member of Puget Sound's Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Arizona State University's one-year Master of Science and Technology Policy degree program

Some IPE majors may be interested in Arizona State University's one-year Master of Science and Technology Policy degree program. Here's a letter from the Director:

I am particularly excited that we are able to offer this degree to a limited number of students in Western states at in-state tuition rates through the tuition reciprocity agreement of the WICHE Western Regional Graduate Program (

Some of what makes this degree particularly exciting and unique among Western universities include:
We have designed it especially for students who want to pursue the rapidly growing array of professional careers at the interface between science and technology and other important aspects of society, including public policy, industry and management, education, and the public.
Our students tackle today’s biggest challenges: technological innovation, climate change, inequality, energy transitions, social responsibility, health innovation, information and privacy, space exploration, and many more.
We encourage students from all disciplinary backgrounds, including the sciences and engineering, social sciences, and humanities.
Students are able to draw on courses across ASU to design a unique, personally-tailored curriculum to accelerate their own career goals.
Every year, our students win internships and land jobs in some of the country’s most important public and private sector institutions, including the White House, the Smithsonian, NASA, Solar City, Dell, CH2MHill, the US Army, Honeywell, and more.
Other highlights of the program include: a national caliber faculty; one of the world’s most innovative, interdisciplinary universities; unique internship opportunities; and a 2-week immersive capstone experience in Washington, DC.

Now in its sixth year, the Master of Science & Technology Policy degree is offered through the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, ranked again in 2014 as the #1 university-based science and technology think tank in the United States and in the top 10 in the world. Students have the opportunity to work with 30 of the field’s top faculty in a program with a 1-to-1 student-faculty ratio.

Interested students may find out more at: They may also contact Andra Williams ( for further information about the degree or about the Western Regional Graduate Program tuition-reciprocity arrangements. For students who would like to take advantage of the Western Regional Graduate Program tuition-reciprocity arrangements for next Fall, applications for the program must be received by April 1, 2015."