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Scott Aquanno

Associate Professor

Political Science

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 313
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5855


Dr. Scott Aquanno joined Ontario Tech University in 2013. He previously taught in the Political Science/Public Policy Department at the University of Toronto and at the Ross School of Politics at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University (2011). He developed his dissertation based on his training in public policy, political economy and monetary economics by focusing on the historical construction of the U.S. state's unique 'creditability' in international financial markets. He adapted Weber's notion of substantive validity to understand the modern role of the Federal Reserve and Treasury in relation to domestic and international bond markets and, on this basis, analyzed the policy roots and implications of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

He has published widely on monetary policy development and the political economy of finance and globalization. His current research draws on his work at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as well as his experience in financial markets to examine the evolution of central bank policy during the neoliberal period. It places particular emphasis on the Federal Reserve's institutional creativity and adaptability, both during and after the crisis, as well as the distributive impact of low inflation.

Dr. Aquanno also holds a Research Fellowship from the Munk School of Global Affairs as well Postdoctoral Fellowships in Monetary Policy and Innovation Policy from the University of Toronto. Previously he served as an invited researcher at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, where he sat on the Political Economy of Central Banking and Monetary Policy working group.


  • PhD, Political Science York University

Courses taught

  • Building Sustainable Communities
  • Canadian Politics 
  • Economics for Policy
  • International Politics and Policy
  • Policy Development
  • Public Administration
  • Theories of Policy Analysis

Research and expertise

  • economic and social policy
  • development
  • inflation and the Central Banking
  • inequality and social justice
  • international political economy
  • social relations of power