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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.


Zarlasht M. Razeq


Zarlasht is a PhD student at the Department of Political Science, McGill University. Her fields of studies are IPE/IR. More specifically, she is interested in the IPE of trade and development, focusing particularly on GVCs and firms. Her thesis empirically examines the effect of deep trade liberalization on the capacity of developing countries (and their firms) to integrate into global value chains (GVCs).

Lucia Kovacikova


I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Tulane University. My focus is on IPE, specifically on paradiplomacy and economic development of subnational governments. Using both quantitative and qualitative data, I explore the growing role of regional governments in international markets. I received my B.A. from the University of Calgary, my M.Sc. from the University of Amsterdam, and my M.A. from Tulane University. I also worked for numerous diplomatic and international organizations, Global Affairs Canada, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, and the UK Department of International Trade.

Allison Grossman


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University and earned my PhD in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley in 2021. My research investigates how so-called fragile states cooperate with (0r contest) international efforts to mitigate suffering and improve the welfare of their residents. I investigate these issues of global concern in Sahelian and West African states, where foreign intervention has profound consequences for governance. My work has been published in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and PS: Political Science & Politics.

Zuhad Hai


I study the politics of the global technological and scientific frontier, focusing on the political consequences of the free flow of knowledge across national borders. In my dissertation, I study the conditions under which those made obsolete by global technological change organize and undermine the ability of societies to adjust to a changing world economy. The main case in my dissertation looks at political responses to technological obsolescence from the Industrial Revolution in South Asia during the first era of globalization. Other cases include the invention of synthetic dyes by German chemists and the effects of industrial automation in the contemporary US. I also have a secondary research agenda in which I study the role of scientific consensus in international cooperation over environmental issues such as climate change.

Zoe Ge


I am a PhD candidate at NYU. I study IPE with a focus on international cooperation. My research disentangles the mechanisms of how interdependence shapes incentives in international cooperation, which affects the design, functioning, and even survival of international institutions. My job market paper examines the role of the WHO in facilitating states’ cooperation with disease outbreak reporting. It reveals that information dissemination by international organizations (IOs) to their members empowers weak IOs to induce deeper cooperation than what their resources permit. I also study how global value chains lead to the decline of international institutions and firms’ influence over trade barriers.

Thomas Flaherty


I am a Ph.D. Candidate and NSF Graduate Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the UC San Diego. My research explores the political economy of place-or how local economies affect policy preferences and behaviors. Guided by economic geography theories, I identify the ways in which individuals form relationships with the places they live, and quantify these relationships with spatial and machine learning measurement techniques. My research applies these to reconsider important questions in political economy: does economic exposure to trade affect globalization attitudes, and do these attitudes affect voting; does inequality affect support for redistribution?

Taufan Kurnianto


An economist and experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the Ministry of Finance Indonesia, skilled in health and behavioural economics, macroeconomics, fiscal, econometrics, Stata, internal audit and accounting.

Soohyun Cho


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Ohio State University. I specialize in IPE and political methodology, with a focus on the interdependence of economic globalization and labor markets. Using survey experiments, causal inference, and natural language processing (NLP), I investigate (1) norm diffusion and firm compliance in supply chains and (2) workers’ attitudes toward trade (especially gender gaps in trade attitudes). Before joining Ohio State, I earned my B.A. and M.A. in Political Science at Seoul National University, South Korea. My work has been supported by the Fulbright Fellowship (2016-2018) and the Presidential Fellowship at OSU (2022-2023).

Sjur Hamre


Sjur Hamre is a PhD candidate in the Political Economy subfield at Duke University. He studies how environmental politics alters firm incentives, with an emphasis on political consumerism, public procurement, and lobbying. He has used a range of quantitative methods in his research, including various big data methods, quasi-experimental designs, and lab- and lab-in-the-field experiments.

Siddhartha K. Rastogi


I am an Associate Professor, Economics Area at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, India. Completed my doctorate in 2010 from IIMA, India. I work mainly in the area of international trade, WTO agreements, and distributional nature of development. I am familiar with economic methodologies including economic modeling, econometric modeling, game theory, and partial equilibrium models. I have taught microeconomics, macroeconomics, international trade, game theory, and economic history at undergraduate, post-graduate, doctoral, as well as executive education levels.

Sayumi Miyano


Sayumi Miyano is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. She studies politics of global governance, foreign direct investment, and trade. Her first set of research examines how international organizations publish information or standards under scientific uncertainty, such as in energy, environment, or technology, and how domestic political actors affect these decisions. Her second line of research considers how multinational firms exert political influence at home and abroad, what nationality means for MNCs, and more generally, the firm-state relationships under today’s extensive global value chains.

Santiago Cunial


I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate fellow at the Penn Development Research Initiative and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. I am interested in comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a substantive focus on environmental politics in the Global South. In my dissertation, I study the conditions under which states can facilitate a fast takeoff of clean energies, with a regional focus on Latin America. My research employs mixed methods to understand how business-state relations shape greening policies, with a regional focus on Latin America. I analyze how and when green policy reforms restructure incentives for key private-sector stakeholders in the energy sector.

Rachel Schoner


Rachel Schoner is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her research explores non-state actor access in international institutions and the role individuals play in global politics. Her dissertation analyzes how political actors mobilize in international legal institutions to improve respect for human rights. She uses a variety of methods in her research including collection of original data, elite interviews, qualitative case studies, and cross-national quantitative analysis.

Nicola Nones


Nicola is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, studying International Relations and Quantitative Methods with a substantive focus on the political economy of finance and the media and a regional emphasis on European as well as Emerging Markets. His dissertation project investigates the relationship between investors’ sentiments and socially constructed media categories, such as the BRICS and the PIIGS. Prior to pursuing graduate studies at UVA, he received a Bachelor and a Master in international Relations at the University of Bologna and a Master in international political economy at the London School of Economics.



A future graduate from Sciences Po Bordeaux (France), I am very interested in international development cooperation. My studies and professional experiences have helped me to develop skills, knowledge and reinforce my interest in the domain. I am looking for a position in the domain that will allow me to exploit my full potential and make a successful career in international development cooperation.

Justin Canfil


Justin Key Canfil is a postdoctoral scholar with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research on the implications of emerging technologies for international law and arms control has appeared in the Journal of Cybersecurity, the Oxford Handbook of AI Governance, and more. His book project, which uses computational, experimental, and archival methods to explain the general conditions under which new technologies become subject to international regulation, has been supported by the NSF, the US Departments of State and Education, and other major sources. Justin was previously a Harvard-Columbia China and the World Fellow, a Belfer Center Cyber Project Fellow, a fellow with the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, and an exaugural China Fulbright recipient. He recently received a PhD in Political Science from Columbia.

Harry Oppenheimer


I am a Ph.D. candidate and Hartley R. Rogers Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. My research focuses on the political economy of cybersecurity and internet digital globalization. My dissertation leverages novel data sources, from internet topography measurements to forensic malware analysis, to texts mapping bureaucratic delegation‚ to understand how internet-driven interdependence creates shared regulatory and security challenges, and how states develop digital institutions in response to the global internet environment. My job market paper investigates how the internet reacted to the Snowden leaks. I develop a digital dependence and risk theory, which I argue creates incentives for balancing in the internet architecture. Using internet topographical measurements, I show how networks in rival states engaged in internal digital balancing to reduce their exposure to weaponized interdependence after the Snowden leaks. Digital retrenchment also made it easier for government censors to exert digital control in these countries. However, the leaks did not cause the internet overall to become less dependent on the U.S. and U.K. I argue this demonstrates the connection between conventional security and digital risk. I have multiple papers currently under review. One piece evaluates how digital capacity building not only facilitates policy adoption in developing countries but also shapes how states institutionalize cybersecurity capacity. Another paper under review shows how data follows the flag despite digital spying among alliance members. I argue that this is because, while alliances do not prevent spying, they reduce security externalities due to digital trade. My other work under review examines public opinion and responses to cyberattacks. While at Harvard, I developed and taught my syllabus‚ Technology and Disruption in International Affairs. Before beginning my doctorate, I was a research associate for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Devika Bhatia


Devika Bhatia is a research scholar at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Her research addresses distinctive issues faced by governments in their attempts to tax multinational firms operating in the extractives sector. She specializes in applied microeconomics and international tax law and currently, her research is funded by Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA).

Carlos Felipe Balcazar


I’m a Ph.D. candidate ant NYU, focusing on IPE. My research agenda focuses on i) The effects of automation on the political power of organized labor, and its implications for public policy, ii) The role of international economic competition on elite cues and identity politics, and how the latter shape policy against globalization, iii) The effect of international trade on democratization, war and secessionism, iv) The link between climate change and anti-incumbent mobilization, peaceful and otherwise. I use game theory, economic theory and natural experiments to uncover the mechanisms and circumstances under which international economic change affects domestic politics and policy.

Alex Honeker


I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My research interests lie at the intersection of political psychology, international political economy, and party politics. I explore the determinants of citizens’ attitudes towards different facets of globalization‚ economic, political, and cultural‚ as well as the role party competition plays in shaping voters’ attitudes and parties’ strategies. I explore these topics with a regional focus on Europe and the United States, and employing experimental, observational, survey, and text analysis methodology.