James Boughton is a former Historian of the International
Monetary Fund (1992-2012). From 2001 to 2009, he also served as Assistant Director in the Strategy, Policy, and Review
Department at the IMF. From 1981 until he was appointed Historian, he held various positions in the IMF Research Department. Dr. Boughton holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, and before joining the IMF staff, he was Professor
of Economics at Indiana University and had served as an economist at the OECD in Paris. He is the author of two
volumes of IMF history: Silent Revolution, covering 1979-89; and Tearing Down Walls, covering 1990-99. His
other publications include a textbook on money and banking, a book on the U.S. Federal funds market, three books on IMF
topics that he co-edited, and articles in professional journals on international finance, monetary theory and policy, international
policy coordination, and the history of economic thought.