Rawi E. Abdelal

Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management
Chair, MBA Required Curriculum

Rawi Abdelal is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at Harvard Business School and the Chair of the MBA Required Curriculum. His primary expertise is international political economy, and his research focuses on the politics of globalization and the political economy of Eurasia. Professor Abdelal is a faculty associate of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and he serves on the executive committee of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Professor Abdelal's first book, National Purpose in the World Economy, won the 2002 Shulman Prize as the outstanding book on the international relations of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Abdelal's second book, Capital Rules, explains the evolution of the social norms and legal rules of the international financial system. Abdelal has also edited or co-edited three books: The Rules of Globalization, a collection of Harvard Business School cases on international business; Measuring Identity; and Constructing the International Economy. Abdelal is currently at work on The Profits of Power, a book that explores the geopolitics of energy in Europe and Eurasia.

In 1999 Abdelal earned a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University, where he had received an M.A. in 1997. At Cornell Abdelal's dissertation won the Kahin Prize in International Relations and the Esman Prize. He was a President's Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. with highest honors in Economics in 1993. Recent honors include Harvard Business School's Greenhill Award, Apgar Award for innovation in teaching, and Williams Award for excellence in teaching, as well as, on several occasions, the Student Association's Faculty Award for outstanding teaching.

June 2014


Rawi Abdelal | E-mail: rabdelal@hbs.edu

  1. Received the 2013 Robert F. Greenhill Award.

  2. Received the 2012 HBS Student Association Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Required Curriculum.

  3. Received the 2012 Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  4. Received the 2011 Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching.

  5. Received the 2004 HBS Student Association Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Required Curriculum.

  6. Winner of the 2002 Marshall Shulman Prize for Outstanding Book on International Relations for National Purpose in the World Economy: Post-Soviet States in Comparative Perspective (Cornell University Press, 2001).

  7. Received the 2002 Robert F. Greenhill Award.

  8. Winner of the Harrison Prize for Best Article Published in Political Studies during 1998 for "The Politics of Monetary Leadership and Followership: Stability in the European Monetary System Since the Currency Crisis of 1992" (June 1998).