Alton Worthington is a lecturer in public policy at the Ford School, where he teaches on statistical computing and data visualization. His core research is on topics of international political economy, with a focus on the intersection of global capital flows and the global goods market. In that work, he examines how firms invest in reaction to trade barriers and how changes in industry characteristics lead to changes in varieties of industrial and trade protection. In other recent projects, he has collaborated on research into the co-evolution of decentralized political authority and the rise of regional parties, the genesis of creole languages, and the public pension systems of U.S. states. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan.