I am an interdisciplinary political economist whose current research focuses on monetary policy, health policy, and the interface between economic institutions and markets. I am developing methods for detecting and measuring dissonance in monetary policy committees as signals of macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty.
I write and speak frequently about a broad range of issues related to political economy, including economic policy, monetary policy, health policy, political behavior, elections and campaigns, constitutional law, and the commercial space sector. Methodologically, I have expertise in the quantitative analysis of unstructured text data.
I earned my BA in Economics, Political Science & Philosophy (with honors) from New York University, my MSc in Political Theory (with distinction) and my PhD in Political Science & Political Economy from The London School of Economics. I have also completed specialist courses in international relations and law at Harvard University, The Hague Academy of International Law, the EUI's Academy of European Law, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and a STEM Ambassador. I have taught at New York University and The London School of Economics and previously been a Fellow of the American Institute for Economic Research, a Fellow of the People for the American Way Foundation, and an A.T. Kearney Scholar.
I split my time between Boston, New York, and London.
My public commentary on the 2016 General Election has been in conjunction with the LSE's US Centre. Examples include:
• US Elections Explained: The Transition of Power (video) // "Dr Derek Valles from the US Centre looks at how power transitions between presidents of the United States. He also considers the challenges facing the president-elect in the coming months."
• US Elections Explained: The Nomination Process (video) // "In this LSE US Centre Election Explainer, Derek Valles discusses how the American political primary and presidential nomination systems work, and their history."
• The Ballpark: Extra Innings - Why The Ballpark? (podcast) // "You might be wondering, "Why is this podcast called 'The Ballpark'?" We invited another baseball fan and political economist, Derek Valles, to chat about the overlaps and intersections of baseball and politics."