Daniel McDowell is an assistant professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His research focuses on the political economy of the international financial and monetary systems. His book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is entitled "Brother, Can you Spare a Billion? America, the IMF, and the International Lender of Last Resort." It seeks to explain why the U.S. sometimes provides unilateral “bailouts” to foreign economies experiencing financial crises. He has published peer-reviewed research on other topics, including China’s efforts to internationalize the yuan, in International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Organizations and New Political Economy. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Christian-Science Monitor, and The Washington Times.