Job Market Candidates 2021

Profiles of graduate students in international political economy on the 2021 job market can be found here. You can also see check them out by tag here.

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Maylis Avaro


I consider myself as an economist using history and international relations to construct models of the past that inform the present. My research projects are organized along three lines that cut across the fields of monetary history, banking history and the history of economic expertise. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University and graduated from a PhD in Economic History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.

Jessie Bullock


Jessie Bullock is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University whose research interests include political violence, organized crime, corruption, and clientelism. Her dissertation book project, Machine Gun Politics: Why Politicians Cooperate with Organized Crime, explains why politicians and criminal organizations cooperate peacefully, drawing from a mixed-methods study of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her work has been supported by the Corporación Andino de Fomiento (CAF), Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), Harvard Brazil Cities Initiative, and the Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB).

Justin Canfil


Justin Key Canfil is a political scientist conducting research on the political economy of technology law, particularly in the context of international security, cyber conflict, and US-China relations. He holds joint postdoctoral affiliations with the Harvard Belfer Center, the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His book project, which uses computational, experimental, and archival methods to explain why some arms control regimes are more resilient to technological breakthroughs, has been supported by the NSF, a China Fulbright Scholarship, the US Departments of State and Education, and other major sources.

Maria-Jose Carreras-Valle


I am Maria-Jose Carreras-Valle, a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Minnesota. My research interests are international economics and trade. I am particularly interested in topics related to the effects of uncertainty on trade. I am on the job market for 2021-2022 and will be available at the EAA meetings in December 2021 and at the ASSA meetings in January 2022.

Ruoyu Chen


My name is Ruoyu Chen. I am a docotral candidate at the Department of Economics at the George Washington University. My areas of specialization are Environmental and Energy Economics, Development Economics, and Urban Economics. My research focuses on advancing the understanding of the effectiveness of carbon trading in restriction power sector emissions, renewable energy adoption, and the racial disparity in housing rental market regulations.

Lorenzo Crippa


I am a PhD student from the Department of Government at the University of Essex (UK). I am interested in the construction, enforcement and effects of state-based and international institutions that regulate multinational firms.
In my PhD thesis I focus on the multilateral cooperation to regulate corporate foreign bribery. I seek to explain variations in state capacity to hold corporations accountable for exporting corruption abroad. I approach my study employing quantitative methods, and bringing together insights from the literature on international institutions and on political-economic determinants of firms' behaviors.

Gemma Dipoppa


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford and I received my PhD from University of Pennsylvania. I am interested in political economy, comparative politics and quantitative methods. My research examines current threats to the legitimacy of the state. In my dissertation and book project, I study how criminal organizations are expanding to the richest countries in the world and the consequences of this infiltration on politics. Strong states face important challenges in the management of migration. I ask what causes clashes between natives and migrants and how these fractures can be healed and integration policies be promoted without backlash.

Jacque Gao


I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Rochester. My specializations are formal political theory, comparative political economy (CPE), and international political economy (IPE). I am particularly interested in understanding how a dictator's survival strategies interact with the changing international environment. My research has been accepted for publication in International Organization, The Review of International Organizations, and Social Choice and Welfare.

Yuting Gao


Yuting Gao is a PhD candidate in international and political economics in Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interest includes liberalization, rent seeking and trade policy. Her present research agenda focus on the interaction between lobbying and policy development of international agreement. In her job market paper, she use a contest model to quantify the influence of lobbying expenditures on ratification probability of free trade agreements in the United States.

Haosen Ge


I specialize in international political economy, Chinese politics, and quantitative methods. My research seeks to understand how foreign firms leverage political dynamics in host countries to influence policy outcomes. My dissertation re-examines the relationship between asset mobility and government treatment. I put forward an alternative view that emphasizes how low asset mobility helps foreign firms gain government support.

Benjamin Helms


Benjamin Helms is a PhD candidate and Bankard Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. His research interests are in international and comparative political economy, with a focus on the political economy of globalization and international migration. His dissertation focuses on the ways in which workers strategically react to external economic shocks, and how those reactions interact with social cleavages to generate political change and reshape citizens' political expectations. He has taught courses in both international political economy and international relations.

Acyan Katitas


I'm Aycan (pronounced I-John) and I'm a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance during the 2021-2022 academic year. I have received my PhD from the University of Virginia's Department of Politics in Spring 2021. My specialty is international political economy and my research focuses on elite priming of opposition to international trade and foreign direct investment. Prior to UVA, I received my MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from College of Europe (Poland) and my BA in Political Science and International Relations and Business Administration from Bogazici University (Turkey).

Alexander Kirss


Alex is a PhD Candidate in the political science department at George Washington University, where he is concentrating in international relations and research methods. His research sits at the intersection of international political economy and security studies and investigates how businesses are affected by, respond to, and shape large scale international shocks such as interstate war, geopolitical competition, and pandemics.

Lauren Konken


My name is Lauren C. Konken and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. In my research, I seek to explain the design of multilateral and preferential trade agreements (PTAs), and how those design choices consequently change state behaviour. To answer these questions I rely on a multi-method approach that prioritizes causal process tracing and historical analysis alongside quantitative data analysis and statistics. My research also adopts an interdisciplinary approach, contributing to scholarship in international relations, and the study of international law and organizations, and international political economy (IPE) in particular.

Anne Laski


I am a doctoral student at Brandeis University International Business School in Waltham, Massachusetts. My research focuses on monetary economics and household saving behavior. In my JMP, I identify a seigniorage channel that biases the optimal inflation target for a currency hegemon upward. I show this channel using a two-country heterogenous agent model with idiosyncratic income shocks and a single asset (fiat currency) produced by a monopolist, i.e. the currency hegemon. By collecting an inflation tax from foreign households, this hegemon subsidizes a current account deficit and raises aggregate domestic welfare. These welfare gains come at the expense of the rest of the world.

Siyao Li


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I was also a GPEP predoctoral fellow at Georgetown University's Mortara Center for International Studies for the 2020-2021 academic year. My research focuses on the politics of foreign direct investment and trade, and business-government relations. My dissertation book project investigates why and how foreign direct investment into weak institutional environments achieve property protection through host government institutions, especially in terms of technology assets. The paper version of my dissertation is a finalist for the GWU-CIBER Best Paper on Emerging Markets Award.

Aidan Milliff


Aidan is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2021-2022, he is a USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar, and a predoctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University. His research combines computational social science methods and qualitative tools to answer questions about the cognitive, emotional, and social forces that shape political violence, migration, and the politics of South Asia.
Before MIT, Aidan was a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was born and raised in Colorado.

Arpita Nehra


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Utah State University, on-track to graduate in December 2021. I am primarily, a natural resource economist interested in using economic theory and modeling to facilitate policies revolving around natural resources, agriculture, and trade. My research has centered around the application of econometric and general equilibrium tools to water economics, specifically, urban water and water trade in the Western US and India. In my doctoral dissertation, I study the impacts of Owens Valley water transfer in the1900s on Los Angeles’ economic growth and apply a cost-benefit type analysis for a water sharing project in Utah.

Nina Obermeier


I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations. It examines how attitudes towards international affairs shape and are shaped by processes of political contestation at the domestic level. In my dissertation project, I explore how populist radical right parties can unintentionally drive support for international economic integration among Western European publics when they engage in extremist rhetoric. I use a wide range of methods in my research, including machine learning, quantitative text analysis, survey experiments, elite interviews, and quasi-experimental research designs.

Gyu Sang Shim


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. My research broadly focuses on political risks that foreign direct investment (FDI) faces. Within my research, I apply formal theory and implement quantitative analysis of firm-level datasets to study how multinational corporations handle political risks such as the host government's policy changes, armed conflicts, and investment screening. I am also interested in collecting new micro-level datasets to solve the issue of sample choice in FDI studies.

Sujeong Shim


I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich. I have received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2021. I was a visiting fellow at the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at George Washington University in 2017. My research focuses on international organizations, international finance, trade, business-state relations, and public opinion. My book project investigates why some governments successfully restore private international investors’ confidence through International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs while others fail to do so. My research has been accepted for publication in Comparative Political Studies.

Yuki Takahashi


I am a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Bologna. I work on topics in behavioral, labor, and gender economics with a particular focus on inequality. In my job market paper, I study whether people dislike collaborating with someone who corrects them and more so when that person is a woman.

Calvin Thrall


Calvin Thrall is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin. He studies the politics of coercion, cooperation, and collusion between public and private actors; topics of particular interest include international economic law, taxation, public-private governance, and diplomacy. His work has been published in International Organization, The Review of International Organizations, Business and Politics, and AEA: Papers and Proceedings. His job market paper,'Spillover Effects in International Law: Evidence from Tax Planning,' received the David A. Lake Award for best paper presented at IPES 2020.

Neha B Upadhayay


Born and brought up in India, now living in France and Germany, I am an inter-disciplinarian. Starting out as an engineer and after a rewarding stint in the corporate world, I moved to France in 2016 to pursue research and teaching. My research interests and body of work is in international trade & development economics.

Noah Zucker


Noah is a PhD candidate in political science at Columbia University, specializing in international and comparative political economy. His primary research agenda considers how climate politics interact with the social divisions endemic to many of the world's most fossil fuel-intensive and ecologically vulnerable countries. He studies global climate governance and the broader themes of economic governance and identity in other work. His research is published in the Journal of Politics and has received APSA's McGillivray Award for Best Paper in Political Economy, Sage Paper Prize for Best Paper in Comparative Politics, and Award for Best Paper on Democracy and Autocracy.

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foreign direct investment

firm lobbying


public opinion



cultural backlash

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