Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Institute

Jeff Dayton-Johnson was appointed to the role of vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Institute in November 2014. In this new position, Dayton-Johnson serves as the Institute’s chief academic officer and is responsible for the overall success and functioning of the school in collaboration with the senior administrative team at Middlebury.

A development economist, Dayton-Johnson joined the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in August 2011 as an associate professor in the International Policy Studies program. A year later, Dayton-Johnson was named chair of the program, and subsequently helped lead the integration of the Master of Public Administration program and the renamed International Policy & Development programs into a coordinated program in Development Practice and Policy. He served as interim dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management from July through November 2014.

During his time on the Monterey faculty, Dayton-Johnson has published two books on the political economy of Latin America, with a third scheduled for publication in 2015. Prior to coming to the Institute, he spent seven years as a senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he was the first head of the Americas Desk at the OECD’s Development Centre. Prior to that, he was a tenured associate professor of economics and international development studies at Dalhousie University in Canada.

Dayton-Johnson received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his undergraduate education in Latin American studies at Berkeley and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

In his off-campus hours, Dayton-Johnson is a regular contributor of jazz reviews and interviews to All About Jazz (allaboutjazz.com), the most widely-read jazz magazine on the web, and is the host of “Now’s the Time,” a jazz-focused program on public radio station KUSP in Santa Cruz, California.


Economic development, emerging economies, economics and politics of Latin American countries (including Mexico), immigration, poverty, inequality, natural disasters.

Jeff Dayton-Johnson interviewed live about a financial crisis in Latin America on CNBC.

Recent Accomplishments

Together with his faculty and staff colleagues, Jeff helped craft the Development Practice & Policy program at MIIS. DPP – now underway – offers two professional masters degrees for aspiring development professionals who seek meaningful careers, whether at the grassroots level or at the headquarters of a global organization, from California’s Central Coast to any of the world’s continents (for more information, click here).

In a similarly collaborative vein, Jeff and fellow professors are perfecting an integrated classroom-plus-fieldwork approach to the teaching and learning of Policy Analysis at MIIS. In January 2014, Jeff took 25 MIIS students to the highlands of Peru to implement a research project the students themselves designed (for more on the Peru experience, click here).

Recent Publications

Latin America’s Emerging Middle Classes: Economic Perspectives (editor). Palgrave/Macmillan, forthcoming 2015.

“Legitimidad fiscal y protestas en la calle: sobre Brasil y América Latina,” Vox.Lacea July 2013, (with Christian Daude and Angel Melguizo).

The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Political Economy (editor, with Javier Santiso). Oxford University Press, 2012.

“Are the Commons a Metaphor for Our Times?” OECD Observer, 2012 (with Jesús Antón).

"Innovation from Emerging Markets: The Case of Latin America," INSEAD Working Paper 2012/76/ST, 2012,  (with L. Casanova, N.Olaya Fonstad and A. Pietikäinen).

 “The Process of Reform in Latin America,” OECD Development Centre Working Paper, 2011 (with Juliana Londoño Vélez and Sebastián Nieto Parra).

Latin American Economic Outlook 2011: How Middle-Class is Latin America? (coordinator and lead author), OECD, 2010.


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