Alyssa Maraj Grahame

Visiting Assistant Professor in Government

Teaching this semester

GOV 2488. Comparative Political Economy

Introduces core concepts, theories, and debates within comparative political economy. Considers the origins and emergence of market economies, their spread, and contemporary political challenges. Explores key figures in political economic thought including Smith, Marx, Polanyi, and Hayek, among others. Examines major research and thought traditions in political economy including liberalism, Keynesianism, neoliberalism, and critical political economy. Investigates substantive topics including regulation, economic crises, property rights, development, the welfare state, and resource governance. Cases from the United Kingdom, United States, Scandinavia, Central Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Presumes no prior knowledge of economics.

Professor Grahame's research interests include comparative political economy, Western Europe, and the Arctic. She is currently working on a book project on the politics of the 2008 financial crisis in Iceland, Scotland, and Ireland. She uses ethnographically-driven research methods to better understand interactions between state and society in the aftermath of financial collapse and/or austerity policies.


  • BA, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst