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Colin Barry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: 227 Dale Hall Tower



Research Fields: International Relations, Foreign Direct Investment, Human/Labor Rights, Conflict and Political Violence

Favorite Courses: Global Politics and International Political Economy

B.S., University of South Maine 
M.A., Binghamton University (SUNY) 
Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY)

Colin Barry is currently working on two research projects. One concerns foreign direct investment (FDI) by multinational companies (MNCs). He is studying how MNCs respond to different political stimuli, such as conflict, regime type, and repression. This research will help illuminate the political underpinnings of global patterns in business and production.

The other project concerns labor standards around the world. He and his colleagues are pulling apart and evaluating several different theoretical mechanisms by which global economic competition may influence governments' respect for the rights of their citizens to unionize, to earn a fair minimum wage, and to enjoy a healthy and safe work environment. This research will lend insight into how labor standards are evolving in an increasingly interconnected global economy.