Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Economics

Research Interests
  • international political economy
  • ecological economics
  • development economics
Research Summary

My main research interest is on the political economy of the environment, with a focus on world-systems theory, neo-colonialism and global ecological crises. I am currently writing a book on how the dynamics of the global economy (international trade, foreign investment, international finance) drive environmental degradation and reinforce existing inequalities.

  • Ph.D., International Studies, International Political Economy and Political Theory, University of Denver
  • M.A., International Studies, Chinese Political Economy and Political Theory
  • B.A., Physics and South Asian Studies, Oberlin College
Recent Publications

Mariko Frame. 2020. “Ecological Imperialism: A Theoretical Overview,” in Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope’s edited volume (titled The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism), published by Palgrave. Online publication,

Mariko Frame. Forthcoming. Ecological Imperialism, Neoliberal Development, and the Capitalist World-System. Routledge.

Mariko Frame. 2018. “The Role of the Semiperiphery in Ecologically Unequal Exchange: A Case Study of Land Grabbing in Cambodia,” in R. Scott Frey, Paul Gellert, and Harry Dahms’s edited volume (Ecologically Unequal Exchange: Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective) published by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Mariko Frame. 2015. “Economic Integration in Tanzania (1970-2010): A Biophysical Assessment,” Journal of Industrial Ecology, currently published online in early view format.

Mariko Frame. 2015. “Ecological Imperialism and the 21st Century Scramble for African Resources,” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, edited by Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope.

Mariko Frame. 2015. “The Neoliberalization of (African) Natures as the Current Phase of Ecological Imperialism,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.

Honors and Awards

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant (2013)