John Cavanagh "has been Director of the Institute for Policy Studies since 1998. He is the co-author of 11 books on the global economy, most recently Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible (with 18 others, Berrett-Koehler, November 2002).
"Cavanagh holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from Princeton University. He was an international economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (1978-1981) and the World Health Organization (1981-1982). Between 1983 and 1997, he was director of the Global Economy program at IPS.
"Cavanagh's other books include: Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and the New World Order (with Richard J. Barnet) and Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines (with Robin Broad). He has written hundreds of articles in such publications as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Nation.
"Cavanagh serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Alliance for Responsible Trade, the International Forum on Globalization, the International Labor Rights Fund, the International Relations Center, the Transnational Institute, the Fund for Constitutional Government, and the Transnational Research and Action Center. He co-chairs the Civil Society Committee of the United Nations Development Program.“ 
- Vice President, International Labor Rights Fund
- Director, American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation 
- 2005 Advisory Committee, Foreign Policy In Focus
- Founder or Advisor, Campaign for America's Future 
- Committee Member, UNDP-CSO 
- Steering Committee, Center for Corporate Policy 
- Advisory Board, CorpWatch 
- Advisory Board, SumOfUs 
His wife is Robin Broad.
- Development redefined: How the market met Its match (with Robin Broad), Paradigm Publishers, August 2008
- Field Guide to the Global Economy (with Sarah Anderson and Thea Lee) revised and updated edition, The New Press, New York, May 2005
- Alternatives to Economic Globalization. A Better World Is Possible (Co-editor with Jerry Mander) Berrett-Koehler Oublishers, October 2004
- Field Guide to the Global Economy (Co-author with Sarah Anderson and Thea Lee) The New Press, New York, 2000
- Beyond Bretton Woods. Alternatives to the Global Economic Order (Co-editor with Marcos Arruda and Daphne Wysham) TNIPluto Press, 1994
- World Bank and IMF Policies Hurt Workers at Home and Abroad (Co-author with Sarah Anderson and Jill Pike) Washington, Institute for Policy Studies, 1994
- Global Dreams. Imperial Corporations and the New World Order (Co-author with Richard Barnet) New York, Simon and Schuster, February 1994
- NAFTA's Corporate Cadre. An Analysis of the US-NAFTA State Captains (Co-author with Robin Broad) Washington, Institute for Policy Studies, 1993
- Plundering Paradise. The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines (Co-author with Robin Broad) Berkeley, University of California Press, September 1993
- Trading Freedom. How Free Trade Affects Our Lives, Work and Environment (Co-editor with John Gershman, Karen Baker and Gretchen Helmke) A Food First book in association with the Institute for Policy Studies and the Institute for Food and Development Policy, San Francisco, October 1992
- Merchants of Drink. Transitional Control of World Beverages (Co-author with Frederick F. Clairmonte) Third World Network, December 1988
- Meeting the Corporate Challenge. A Handbook on Corporate Campaigns (Co-editor with Martha McDevitt, Jeroen Peijnenburg and Deborah Smith), TIE Report 1819, February 1985
- Alcoholic Beverages. Dimensions of Corporate Power (Co-author with Frederick F. Clairmonte) St. Martin's Press, June 1985
Resources and articles
- John Stauber, The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats, March 15, 2013, CounterPunch.
- Directors, American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation, accessed April 25, 2009.
- Founders and Advisors, Campaign for America's Future, accessed August 4, 2007.
- Committee Members (2005), UNDP-CSO, accessed August 17, 2007.
- Steering Committee, Center for Corporate Policy, accessed August 19, 2007.
- Staff and Board, CorpWatch, accessed November 13, 2007.
- SumOfUs Who we are, organizational web page, accessed August 27, 2012.
- "Biography", Accessed January 2007.