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Martin S. Edwards

Associate Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
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About Martin

Edwards' research focuses on international organizations, with a specific focus on the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization, and a secondary focus on the United Nations. His scholarly writings and his public commentary aim to better explain what international organizations actually do and help us to think about the key question of how these organizations make a difference.

In the News

Martin S. Edwards quoted on World Bank lead nomination process by Andrew Mayeda, Chibuike Oguh, and Saleha Mohsin, "Trump Seeks World Bank Candidate Who Can Retain U.S. Grip, Sources Say" Bloomberg, January 15, 2019.
Martin S. Edwards quoted on US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council by Thalif Deen, "US Pulls out of United Nations Human Rights Group" Inter Press Service News, June 19, 2018.
Martin S. Edwards quoted by Ben Evansky, "Haley 'Taking Names': Report Reveals Which Nations have America's Back at UN - and Which Ones Don't" Fox News, May 1, 2018.


The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance (Routledge Press, 2018).

Advance an informational rationale for evaluating if surveillance works. Both the IMF and the WTO practice economic surveillance of member country economies, which is otherwise largely understudied by scholars.

"Listening to Advice: Assessing the External Impact of IMF Article IV Consultations of the United States, 2010-2011" (with Stephanie Senger). International Studies Perspectives 16, no. 3 (2015): 312-326.

Examines how information from the IMF's surveillance missions of the US were used in the media and by the White House and Congress during 2010 and 2011 to understand the efficacy of surveillance.

"Public Support for the International Economic Organizations: Evidence from Developing Countries" Review of International Organizations 4, no. 2 (2009): 185-209.

Examines what factors shape public opinions of the IMF, World Bank, and WTO in developing countries.

"Sins of Commission? Understanding State Decisions to Join the UN Commission on Human Rights" (with Susan Hannah Allen, Kevin M. Scott, and Kate Irvin). Political Research Quarterly 61, no. 3 (2008): 390-402.

Explains the mediating effect of regional influences on country decisions to join the UN Commission on Human Rights.

"Signaling Credibility? The IMF and Catalytic Finance" Journal of International Relations and Development 9, no. 1 (2006): 27-52.

Questions whether IMF programs attract positive investment inflows. Finds that IMF-supported austerity deters capital flows by raising concerns about future rates of return.