Colin Barry

Assistant Professor of Political Science
227 Dale Hall Tower

Curriculum Vitae

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

Research Fields: International Relations, Foreign Direct Investment, Human/Labor Rights, Conflict and Political Violence
Favorite Courses to Teach: 
Global Politics and International Political Economy

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.


Barry, Colin M. and Katja B. Kleinberg. Forthcoming. “Profiting From Sanctions: Economic Coercion and U.S. Foreign Direct Investment in Third-Party States.” International Organization.

Barry, Colin M., Sam Bell, K. Chad Clay, Michael E. Flynn and Amanda Murdie. Forthcoming. “Choosing the Best House in a Bad Neighborhood: Location Strategies of Human Rights INGOs in the Non-Western World.” International Studies Quarterly.

Barry, Colin M., K. Chad Clay, Michael E. Flynn, and Gregory Robinson. 2014. “Freedom of Foreign Movement, Economic Opportunities Abroad, and Protest in Non-Democratic Regimes.” Journal of Peace Research 51(5): 574-588.

Barry, Colin M., K. Chad Clay and Michael E. Flynn. 2013. “Avoiding the Spotlight: Human Rights Shaming and Foreign Direct Investment” International Studies Quarterly 57(3): 532-544.

DiGiuseppe, Matthew R., Colin M. Barry & Richard W. Frank. 2012. “Good for the Money? International Finance, State Capacity and Internal Armed Conflict” Journal of Peace Research 49(3): 391-405.