Senior Lecturer in the Brandeis International Business School


Ph.D., New York University

Field of Specialty

Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions, Labor Economics, Global Political Economy, and Energy Finance / Sustainability and Politics

Contact Information

Sachar International Center 13

John Ballantine Jr.

John W. Ballantine, Jr. is a specialist in corporate finance, political economy, and energy. He has taught finance, economics, and banking courses at Babson College and been a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was the Chief Financial Officer of a small start-up software company that raised over $1 million. Ballantine was also a senior consultant with the Financial Industries Division at Arthur D. Little, Inc., and a banker with Chase Manhattan Bank. He has published a number of articles about labor economics, the banking industry, financial crises, small business finance, politics/ energy (Ukraine, Russia and Iran).. He was Director of the MSF program for fifteen years at Brandeis International Business and where he is focused on building the energy finance / sustainability program at the school.


Ballantine Jr., John. "Looking into the Crystal Ball: Seeing the Shape of Our Energy Future." September, 2017. (forthcoming)

Ballantine Jr., John; Mew, Colin. "Iran Redux, An Energy Player with Political Agendas." Symposium on International and Interdisciplinary Business Research, Los Angeles California. October 2015.

Ballantine Jr., John; editor. Looking North: New England & Canada - Opportunities for Growth. Proc. of Looking North: New England & Canada. Boston, Ma: Brandeis International Business School; NEEP, 2017.

Ballantine Jr., John; editor. Building the Backbone of Energy Efficiency: "New England;s Competitiveness, Innovation and Sustainability in 21st Century. Proc. of Building the Backbone of Energy Efficiency. Boston, Mass: Brandeis International Business School, 2016.

Ballantine Jr., John; Kovalenko, Anna; Sycheva, Natalia. ""Ukraine's Shifting Rules: the Upside Down World of Politics and Energy." "Bringing the Political Economy Back In," Academy of International Business, Boston, Ma. October, 2015.

Ballantine Jr., John. "“A country divided will…Fall apart, bounce back, stagnate, or… what?” ”." Salon.com http://open.salon.com/blog/johnbal/2010/10/21/a_country_divided_will. (2011)

Ballantine Jr., John. "Back from the Abyss, the Great Recession is Ending, Ever so Slowly." Salon, online November 12, 2009. November (2010): <salon.com see, http://open.salon.com/blog/johnbal>.

Ballantine Jr., John. "Lonelyville is Happy." Sweden Conference on Urban Policies and Social Capital, Lidkoping, Sweden. September 24, 2009.

Courses Taught

BUS 291g General Education Seminar
ECON 171a Financial Economics
ECON 201a Global Economic Environment
ECON 206f Microeconomics for Business
ECON 277f Public Policy, Business Leadership and World Affairs: An Insider's Perspective
FIN 201a Investments
FIN 232a Mergers and Acquisitions Analysis
FIN 235a Investing in Energy: Fossil Fuels to Cleaner Energy
FIN 255a World Financial Centers
FIN 255f World Financial Centers