David Leblang

Fast Facts

  • Director, Global Policy Center, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Studies global migration and international investment and the spread of democracy
  • Expertise in international political economy, politics, economic policy, financial crises

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Immigration
  • Economic Issues
  • Finance and Banking
  • Trade
  • Political Parties and Movements

David Leblang, Randolph P. Compton Professor at the Miller Center, is the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics. He is also professor of public policy at the University's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he is director of the Global Policy Center. 

A scholar in the area of international political economy, he is currently working on two major projects. The first is a book-length study of the role that global migration plays in linking host and home countries and how these linkages help explain observed patterns of international investment, remittance flows, and the spread of democracy. The second project is related but focuses on the destination choices of refugees and illegal migrants. Prior to studying flows of migrants and refugees, Leblang's projects were in the area of global capital flows: the causes and consequences of exchange rate arrangements, capital controls, and currency crises. His work has been published in outlets such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political ScienceInternational OrganizationWorld Politics and Economics and Politics. He currently serves on the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society and is the editor of SSRN's International Political Economy Migration eJournal.

Prior to arriving at the University of Virginia in 2008, Leblang held teaching positions at the University of Colorado, the University of North Texas, and the College of William and Mary. He has been a visiting scholar in the research department of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission's Directorate of Economics and Finance, and has been a visiting fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano in Milan, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. In 2015, Leblang was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award by the University of Virginia and in 2016 he received the Outstanding Mentoring Award from the Society of Women in International Political Economy of the International Studies Association.

David Leblang News Feed

As the Biden administration begins to signal its U.S. immigration policy priorities, the Miller Center is diving into the complex topic to see what might lie ahead. “Land of hope and dreams? The future of U.S. immigration policy,” a webinar set for 6 p.m. Monday, will be presented by the Miller Center, Welcoming Greater Charlottesville and the Frank Batten School’s Global Policy Center. Registration is available at
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The 2020 Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy explores one of the defining issues of our day: immigration.
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Longtime U.S. diplomat Robert Zoellick discusses his new book, America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, a sweeping work that ranges from Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson to Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, and James Baker. The book serves as an informative companion and practical adviser to readers seeking to understand the strategic and immediate challenges of U.S. foreign policy during an era of transformation.
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Voting can be done at the ballot box, but people often "vote with their feet," making choices about where to live. "Foot voting" happens by international migration, by choosing where to live within a federal system, and by making decisions in the private sector. In his new book, Free to Move, Ilya Somin explains how broadening opportunities for foot voting can greatly enhance political liberty for millions of people around the world. Somin contends that all forms of foot voting should be expanded and shows how both domestic constitutions and international law can be structured to increase opportunities for foot voting while mitigating possible downsides.
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Two Miller Center fellows from different parties, Mary Kate Cary and Chris Lu, explore the future of bipartisanship. Can the current health and economic crisis bring the two parties together, or is it just a temporary reprieve? And what are some ways that we can foster more bipartisanship in Washington?
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“I would not undersell, especially in an election year the raw feelings associated with the bailouts that have come from TARP,” said David Leblang, a professor of politics and public policy at the University of Virginia, referring to the Troubled Asset Relief Program during the financial crisis. “The optics are horrible if there are no strings attached.”
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