Puspa Amri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Economics

Puspa Amri, Ph.D.


(707) 664-3313


Stevenson 2822
  • Claremont Graduate University - Ph.D.
  • Claremont Graduate University - M.A.
  • Johns Hopkins University - M.A.
  • University of Indonesia - B.A.
Academic Interests

Primary Fields:

  • International finance
  • Macroeconomics and monetary policy
  • Political economy

Secondary Fields: 

  • International economics
  • Indonesian economy

I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University. I am also a research associate at the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Prior to joining Sonoma State, I held research and teaching positions at Ithaca College, California State University Long Beach, and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. My non-academic experience includes consulting for the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and PhD internships at the Milken Institute and Western Asset Management.

My primary area of research is in the fields of international finance, macroeconomics &  monetary policy, and international political economy. Most of my work examines the role of political economy factors in explaining macroeconomic and financial outcomes. I am especially interested in studying causes and consequences of financial crises such as credit booms, financial regulations, elections, and political regime changes. Outside my primary research area, I have worked on globalization and welfare spending, economic integration in Southeast Asia and fiscal decentralization in Indonesia.

I speak and read French, am conversational in Italian and German, and Bahasa Indonesia is my native tongue.

Selected Publications & Presentations
  • Amri, P.D., Chiu, E., Richey, G., & Willett, T.D. (2017). Do financial crises discipline future credit growth? Journal of Financial Economic Policy. 9(3). Received Highly Recommended Award from the 2018 Emerald Literary Awards for Excellence.
  • Amri, P.D., & Willett, T.D. (2017). Policy inconsistencies and the political economy of currency crises. Journal of International Commerce, Economics and  Policy. 8(1).
  • Amri, P.D., Richey, G., & Willett, T.D. (2016). Credit booms and capital surges: How tight is the relationship? Open Economies Review. 27(4).
  • Ha, E., Lee, D., & Amri, P.D. (2014). Trade and welfare compensation: The missing links. International Interactions. 40(5). (Lead Article) Nominated for the Robert Durr Award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem (2011 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meetings).
  • Amri, P.D. & Kocher, B.M. (2012). The political economy of financial sector supervision and banking crises: A cross-country analysis. European Law Journal. 18(1), 24-43.
  • Amri, P.D., Angkinand, A.P., & Wihlborg, C. (2011). International comparisons of bank regulation, liberalization, and banking crises. Journal of Financial Economic Policy. 3(4). Awarded the 2012 Outstanding Paper Award, by the Emerald Literati Network, Emerald Publishing Group.


  • Economic Voting in New Democracies: The Case of Indonesia, 2018-19. Supported by: 1) Climate and Land Use Alliance and 2) Sonoma State University RSCAP (Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Program) Mini Grant.