JP Singh

JP Singh

JP Singh


International trade and development, cultural economics, global governance, socio-economic impact of information technologies, and global diplomacy and deliberations

J.P. Singh is Professor of Global Affairs and Cultural Studies at George Mason University. He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs.  He is editor and founder of Arts and International Affairs, an official journal of the Policy Studies Organization.

Professor Singh's current book projects are: (1) Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford University Press, in press); (2) Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Promote Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).  

Professor Singh is the author of: (1) Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia 2011); (2) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: Creating Norms for a Complex World (Routledge, 2011); (3) Negotiation and the Global Information Economy (Cambridge, 2008); (4) Leapfrogging Development?: The Political Economy of Telecommunications Restructuring (SUNY, 1999).

He is the editor of International Relationships in the Information Age (with Beth K. Simmons, International Studies Review, March 2013); International Cultural Policies and Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Cultural Policy and Border Crossings (Review of Policy Research, March 2007), and Information Technologies and Global Politics (with James N. Rosenau, SUNY, 2002).  A co-edited volume on UNESCO is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in Spring 2015.

Professor Singh has authored over 75 scholarly articles and book chapters and published in journals such as Information Technology and International Development, International Studies Perspectives, International Studies Review, International Negotiation, and Telecommunication Policy.  

His research has won awards and recognition from the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and Choice Editors’ Picks. He is also the recipient of teaching awards and recognitions.

Professor Singh has played a leadership role in several organizations. He chaired the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics section of the American Political Science Association for six years (2002-08).  He has also chaired three sections of the International Studies Association: International Communication (2006-07), International Political Economy (2012-13), and helped to create and chair the new section Science, Technology, and Arts in International Relations, STAIR (2014-15).  He currently serves on the Finance Committee of the ISA.

Professor Singh has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, played a leadership role in several professional organizations, and served as Editor and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research between 2006 and 2009. He has been a visiting scholar at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. He was Co-Principal Investigator for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: A People Looking Forward, a 300-page report submitted to the U.S. President William J. Clinton in 2001.


Dr. Singh holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Dissertations Supervised

Lewis Levenberg, Weak States, Strong Backbones: Telecommunications Policy and Internet Infrastructure Development in Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia (2018)