Martin Staniland

3423 Posvar Hall
Curriculum vitae


  • PhD, 1983, social and political sciences, University of Cambridge
  • MA, 1982, social and political sciences, University of Cambridge
  • MA, 1965, African studies, University of Ghana
  • BA, 1963, history, University of Cambridge


Martin Staniland is currently a professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He has also served as Interim Dean (1995-97) and Interim Associate Dean (spring 2012) and has twice received the Joseph Pois Award for Distinguished Service from GSPIA. Before joining GSPIA in 1984, Prof. Staniland was a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies (specializing in the politics of French-speaking Africa) at the University of Sussex in England and a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He has also held research fellowships at the Center for International and Strategic Affairs, University of California Los Angeles, the Institute for International Studies, University of California Berkeley, and the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He has conducted fieldwork in Benin, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brussels (at the European Commission), London, Paris (both at the respective ministries of transport) and Montreal (at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)).

Prof.Staniland is the author of The Lions of Dagbon: Political Change in Northern Ghana (1973); What is Political Economy? A Study of Social Theory and Underdevelopment (1987: also translated into Chinese); American Intellectuals and African Nationalists, 1955-1970 (1991); Government Birds: The State and Air Transport in Western Europe (2003) and A Europe of the Air? The Airline Industry and European Integration (2008), as well as the editor of Falling Friends: The United States and Regime Change Abroad (1991).

Prof. Staniland was Principal Investigator for the GSPIA component of the Pew Diplomatic Initiative, 1985-1992 and for two grants from the European Union Center of Excellence at Pitt for research on the liberalization of transatlantic air services and on the inclusion of commercial aviation in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, respectively. Apart from papers at academic conferences, he has presented papers at conferences organized by ICAO and by the European Commission (including a 2001 conference of EU transport officials and international airline representatives at Pitt on the creation of a Transatlantic Common Aviation Area).

Prof. Staniland received a BA (in History), an MA and a PH.D. (in Social and Political Sciences) from the University of Cambridge, as well as an MA in African Studies from the University of Ghana. His research and teaching interests are in international political economy and development theory. Prof. Staniland is currently working on a historical study comparing economic development strategies in nineteenth-century Europe and North America with those pursued more recently in developing countries.

Teaching and Research Areas

International relations, trade in services - especially transportation; European Union politics and economic issues

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Book: A Europe of the Air?: The Airline Industry and European Integration. Rowman and Littlefield, 2008
  • Grant: Air transport industry and the EU Emissions Trading System, The EU Center, 2007
  • Book: Government Birds: The State and Air Transport in Western Europe . Rowman and Littlefield, Publishers, 2003
  • Paper: With Dinos Stasinopoulos. "Aviation Security and Passenger Data Exchange: The Need for a Multilateral Arrangement," Center for West European Studies/EU Policy Paper Series, 2005
  • Article: "Long-haul Liberalization: Will Transatlantic Air Transport Ever be Deregulated?" in Michelle Egan (ed) Creating a Transatlantic Marketplace: Government Policies and Business Strategies. Manchester University Press, 2005
  • Paper: "Surviving the Single Market: The Dilemmas and Strategies of 'Small-Country' Airlines" European Policy Paper Series, 2003

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • Joseph Pois Award for Distinguished Service, 2007
  • Advisory Board, International Aviation Law Institute, De Paul University, 2005-present
  • Advisor and member, British-American Business Council, Pittsburgh, 2006-present
  • Euro-Med Transport Project, European Commission and the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2003-2006


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Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Division Director, International Affairs, 1997-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1983-1984

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260